Enjoy this simply made French Connection cocktail recipe as a smooth, comforting after-dinner beverage. It requires only three ingredients and a few minutes to prepare.
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This French Connection cocktail recipe was developed by Daryl Harris. It was tested and approved by both of us.
A French Connection cocktail is usually made with equal parts of cognac and Disaronno liqueur. Sometimes, a little splash of cherry juice from a jar of maraschino cherries is added, as well. Often, it’s garnished with a maraschino cherry.
While Daryl enjoys cognac, especially as a nightcap or digestif, I find it too strong for my tastes.
To accommodate both of our tastes, we lessened the amount of cognac and added black cherry juice. This gave the cocktail a smoother finish without quite as much burn.
Why This Recipe Works
The steps to make a French Connection cocktail are very simple.
This adaptation is not as strong as the classic recipe.
It’s a great cocktail for after dinner, especially after a romantic or celebratory dinner such as birthdays, anniversaries and Valentine’s Day.
- 3 ounces Disaronno
- 3 ounces black cherry juice (we got the best results using Just Black Cherry from RW Knudsen)
- 1 ounce cognac (while Daryl enjoys many different cognacs, we used Martell’s while testing this recipe)
- Ice for shaking and serving.
The entire recipe and instructions can also be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. You can also print the recipe from the card, if needed.
There is no prep work for this recipe except to place ice into two cocktail glasses. We like to use large cubes.
Add the cognac, Disaronno, black cherry juice and a cup of ice to a cocktail shaker. Place the lid on and shake for 30-60 seconds. Strain into 2 glasses.
Garnish with a maraschino cherry, if desired.
Are Disaronno And Amaretto Liqueurs The Same Thing?
Disaronna is a type of amaretto liqueur. Amaretto is made with almonds, while Disaronno is not, however they both taste very similar.
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French Connection with Black Cherry
- 1 ounce cognac
- 3 ounces Disaronno
- 3 ounces black cherry juice
- Place ice into two cocktail glasses.
- Add the cognac, Disaronno, black cherry juice and a cup of ice to a cocktail shaker. Place the lid on and shake for 30-60 seconds.1 ounce cognac, 3 ounces Disaronno, 3 ounces black cherry juice
- Strain evenly into each glass.
This is the perfect recipe as summer is approaching and we will be spending a lot of time in our gardens soon! I cant wait to make this, thank you for sharing this!
Love your french connection cocktail! Fabulous and the perfect way to celebrate 5 o’clock today (and tomorrow, etc.)! Thanks so much for the recipe.
What a great after dinner cocktail! The black cherry and Amaretto give a lovely sweetness and the Maraschino cherry on top is delightful.
So simple and love the addition of the black cherry for just an extra pop of flavor and color. Great job!
Sandhya Ramakrishnan says
I love how beautiful this looks and that was what attracted me first. I can’t wait to start making it for my summer gatherings. Simple flavors and love the black cherry juice.
Marisa Franca says
What first attracted me to this recipe was the color. Once I made the cocktail and shared it with Hubby it’s definitely the taste. It was the ideal after dinner drink. I love the taste of the black cherry. It is a cocktail we’ll be enjoying a lot in the future.
I am so impressed by this simple and delicious cocktail. The black cherry and amaretto paired exceptionally well. I think I might have to make these again tonight….
I loved this black cherry-infused French connection cocktail! I thought the combination of juicy black cherry with amaretto was great and indeed, perfect as an after-dinner winddown.
It’s almost time for patio parties. This will be a hit with the guests. Easy to make and delicious to drink. Bartending at home could not be easier.