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


Merlet Creme De Cassis de Saintonge Fruit Liqueur
98 points
Best Buy
Rich dark garnet color. Aromas of black cassis, hints of peppermint, toast, and citronella with a bright, sweet fat body and a sleek, massive, medium-long smoked peppercorns and fine syrah finish. An intense, complex and generous Creme de Cassis with bold, pure flavors; the go-to choice for a Kir Royale, an El Diablo, and many other classic cocktails.
98 points $23 Best Buy
Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis-Alexandre Liqueur
95 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of dried orange peel, ripe apple, preserved cherries, spiced tea, and dried figs and dates with a satiny, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length ripe banana, baked peach, dark chocolate, cinnamon pastry, and honey finish. A rich and complex flavored brandy liqueur to add nuance, lift and body to stirred cocktails.
95 points $69.99
June by G’Vine Gin Liqueur
94 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of summer peach, orange candies, five alive, fresh lettuce, hints of fennel, and juniper jelly with a satiny, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, elegant, long finish with notes of French fruit bon bons and floral water. An ethereal, yet powerful herb and Fruit Liqueur that will inspire delicious and captivating cocktails.
Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Liqueur
94 points
Amber color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of dried tangerine, lime zest, lime leaf, earl grey tea, and hints of dried mango with a round, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and an even, complex, long finish manifesting accents of toasted coconut, vanilla creme, ripe plum, sliced lemons, orange sorbet, dark chocolate, and warm baking spices. This rockstar versatile Liqueur will be loved neat, on the rocks, served up, and will elevate most any cocktail.
94 points $39.99
Merlet Crème de Melon Liqueur
94 points
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe cantaloupe, golden apple, and honeydew with a satiny, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of watermelon finish. A light and outgoing melon liqueur with an excellent sense of freshness and purity.
94 points $13.95 Best Buy
Merlet Creme De Peche de Vigne Fruit Liqueur
93 points
Best Buy
Bronze color. Aromas of dried strawberry, clove, and dried apricot with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, amusing, medium-length sweet berries, peach preserves, and honey finish. A nicely layered Fruit Liqueur that will be a true cocktail workhorse.
93 points $23 Best Buy
Merlet Crème de Mure Liqueur
93 points
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dark ripe cherry, blackberries, and black cassis with a round, crisp, very sweet full body and a polished, layered, medium-long finish with suggestions of honeyed plum finish. A concentrated ripe and pure berry liqueur that will make for quintessential Kir Royales and El Diablos; try in all types of cocktails and desserts.
93 points $13.95 Best Buy
Merlet Crème de Framboise Liqueur
93 points
Rich garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe raspberry, black currant, raspberry coulis, hint of raspberry leaf, and cranberry with a round, bright, very sweet medium body and a sleek, charming, medium-long finish. Great purity and intensity of flavor makes this an excellent berry liqueur to elevate cocktails; vivid.
93 points $23.95
Merlet C2 Café Liqueur
90 points
Dark mahogany color. Aroma of caramel latte with a satiny, vibrant, bittersweet medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-long chocolate covered berries, espresso drizzled chocolate cake, hazelnut, and smoked espresso finish. A rich, dark-roasted coffee liqueur with a pop of acidity and balanced bitter notes.
90 points $31.95
Merlet Lune DAbricot Flavored Brandy Liqueur
88 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of peach puree, sweet ginger, peach iced tea, and cotton candy with a glycerous, crisp, very sweet light body and a medium-length lemon gummies and apricot-peach smoothie finish. A boldly apricot-flavored Liqueur to dress up cocktails.