About Liqueurs from France

About Liqueurs from France
As with wine, French spirits are world famous and of exceptional quality. The types of spirits and liqueurs produced in France reads like a what's what of these categories. There are Cognacs and Armagnacs hat are the most refined and compelling of all brandies. In addition, you have herb liqueurs, spice liqueurs, fruit-based liqueurs, as well as dry and sweet vermouth. Eaux-de-vie, produced from wine grapes as well as fruit from Alsace, are among the best of their type found anywhere. There are also gins produced in France and as of recently, vodka as well. Products such as these may not be as well known as those from other countries, but the fact that they are products of France helps give them instant respect.

Top Picks for France

Liqueurs

Joseph Cartron Sureau Elderflower Liqueur
97 points
$26
A delicious melange of florals, herbs and spices dance on the tongue in this begging-to-be-mixed liqueur.
Awards: 2021 Best Liqueur
La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge
96 points
$23
Best Buy
More of an incredibly delicious after dinner drink than an aperitif but this will also be fantastic in Negronis and Manhattans.
96 points $23 Best Buy
Merlet Crème De Poire Williams Pear Liqueur
96 points
$35
A vivid and pure orchard fruit liqueur with delicious length and balance.
Awards: 2021 Best Fruit Liqueur
Pairidaeza Creme De Banane Fruit Liqueur
95 points
$37
Repping every form of roasted, baked, and caramelized banana; a fascinating and scrumptious dessert drink.
Merlet Soeurs Cerises Cherry Liqueur
95 points
$38
A bold berry liqueur with subtle chocolate nuances.
Grande Absente Absinthe Originale
94 points
$69
Holds the ABV very well and perfectly executes the flavor profile; a benchmark Absinthe for the back bar.
Merlet Creme De Framboise Liqueur
94 points
$27
A lush and tasty sipper, and would make an incredible summer punch.
Awards: 2022 Best Fruit Liqueur
La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge
94 points
$24
Best Buy
A nicely poised Vermouth well suited for a cocktail or sipping on the rocks.
Awards: 2022 Best Vermouth Sweet
94 points $24 Best Buy
Merlet Crème De Fraise Strawberry Liqueur
94 points
$35
A vivid berry liqueur with a pop of balancing acidity; great for sparkling wine cocktails.
Drillaud Crème De Framboise Liqueur
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Would adore this in a Clover Club or other cocktail modifications but this is so tasty that you can sip it after dinner on its own or use it to top a dessert.
93 points $19 Best Buy