The French Tart – A Gin Cocktail

We used a unique gin in this cocktail, but any gin and grapefruit juice will do!


We occasionally run across recipes that immediately pique our interest, many times from some of our fellow food bloggers. Usually we end up putting these interesting recipes on our list of things to make! This is usually because we don’t have the ingredients right at hand so it takes us a while to get around to making them.



For this recipe, we just happened to have everything in house so we just jumped behind the bar and let the inspiration flow! With the name of this cocktail being the French Tart, we figured it was appropriate to use this great French gin we received from the folks at G’Vine.



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French Tart cocktail in coupe with grapefruit wheel and rosemary sprig. Grapefruit and gin bottle with flowers in the background

Coupe (ours is vintage though!)



Gin and Grapefruit

This recipe is inspired by the fine folks over at Nerds with Knives, who posted this recipe over on the Cocktail section of Reddit. This is where some serious cocktail nerds hang out (hi there fellow cocktail fanatics!) Like us, a bunch of the cocktail fanatics immediately nerd-ed out on this drink. Then started throwing out their takes on the drink, which was awesome to see all the variations that were created.



The original recipe called for vodka as the base spirit, but we love the way that grapefruit and the herbal note of gin work together.  So then we decided to swap out the vodka for the G’Vine Nouaison gin which worked out really well.




French Tart cocktail in coupe with grapefruit wheel and rosemary sprig. Grapefruit with flowers in the background


What kind of Gin Did We Use?

The G’Vine Nouaison is a French gin made from grapes, which is rather unusual ingredient for a gin. But, one that has traditionally worked well in other spirits like cognac. G’Vine is a small batch gin distilled in Maison Villevert. It’s a family estate found in the heart of Cognac country where there is centuries old tradition of grape growing and spirits making.



The Nouaison is a wonderfully balanced gin, with lots of floral notes, zesty spice and a rich fruity body. This is from the grapes that is a bit reminiscent of a cognac.



Bold enough to stand up to the sweet and sour notes of the grapefruit, the Nouaison was a great base for the herbal parts of the French Tart.



French Tart cocktail in coupe with grapefruit wheel and rosemary sprig. Grapefruit and gin bottle with flowers in the background



The French Tart is a great combination of sweet and tart, with herbal hints that add an interesting depth to the drink. Sweet rosemary syrup gives a fresh sweetness that complements the tartness from the lemon juice and the pleasing sweet and sour of the grapefruit.. We added a couple of drops of Dram Apothecary’s Sage Bitters (here are some close to it!) to round out the flavors. We hope you give our version of this great cocktail a try!






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Other Gin & Rosemary Cocktails

Rosemary Gin Grapefruit Cocktail – Cooking Bride

Rosemary Gin Fizz – Valerie Bertinelli, Food Network

Ginger, Cardamom and Rosemary Cocktail – Jessi’s Kitchen

Rosemary Honey Gin Rickey – Bren Did

Rosemary Gin Spritzer – Garnish With Lemon




Yield: 1

The French Tart - A Gin Cocktail

This light tipple is a combo of rosemary, grapefruit and gin!
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes


  • 1/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 drops sage bitters
  • 1.50 freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice, strained
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz rosemary simple syrup


Add the grapefruit and lemon juices, St Germain, gin, simple syrup and sage bitters into a shaker.

Fill the shaker with ice.

Shake well.

Strain into a chilled coupe.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365 Total Fat: 0.4g Saturated Fat: 0.1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 15mg Carbohydrates: 38.8g Fiber: 2.1g Sugar: 24.8g Protein: 1.3g



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43 thoughts on “The French Tart – A Gin Cocktail

  1. I don’t like gin and actually don’t drink alcohol anymore, but I think I’m going to try this and substitute the gin for sparkling water! I absolutely loveeeeeee grapefruit and the idea of making that rosemary simple syrup. The color and presentation of your cocktail is so pretty!!

  2. This looks delicious and sounds even better! My sisters and I have fun experimenting with cocktails on the weekends. Going to add this to our ones to try list. – Katy

  3. I’m a HUGE fan of gin (and vodka) that has been distilled from grapes. It’s been my experience that there’s no after burn. Trying this with my Re:Fined Gin! 🙂

  4. I saw this on Instagram yesterday! This looks so so good and right up my alley! I am a little scared of gin, but I will definitely have to try this!

  5. This cocktail looks so elegant and delightful! And your images are beautiful. I just pinned this to Pinterest to save it for later. 🙂

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