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The French Tart – Elderflower Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 6, 2023 by The Noms

We used a unique gin in this elderflower 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.

The French Tart Cocktail - pink cocktail in coupe with grapefruit slice and rosemary sprig. Half grapefruit, greenery, reamer and jigger in background.

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.


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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

What Ingredients are Needed for the French Tart?

  • Grapefruit Juice
  • St Germain Elderflower Liquor
  • Gin
  • Sage Bitters
  • Rosemary Simple Syrup
  • Lemon Juice


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 elderflower cocktail a try!


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Pink cocktail in coupe with grapefruit slice and rosemary sprig. Grapefruit and flowers in background
Yield: 1

The French Tart - Elderflower Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

This light tipple is a combo of rosemary, grapefruit and gin! This elderflower cocktail is a tasty one!


French Tart Cocktail

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1.50 ounces freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice, strained
  • 1 ounce St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • .50 ounce rosemary simple syrup
  • .25 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 drops sage bitters


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.


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365Total Fat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 38.8gFiber: 2.1gSugar: 24.8gProtein: 1.3g

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Lucy@ globe scoffers recipes

Wednesday 30th of March 2016

I've recently got in to gin, and all the ingredients sound lovely in this drink. Thanks for sharing! ?

The 'Noms.

Friday 1st of April 2016

Thanks, we think it's a great combo! Cheers!

Erin @ Thanks for Cookin'!

Saturday 5th of March 2016

That rosemary simple syrup sounds divine!! My sister's two fav cocktails are greyhounds and gin and tonics...I think she's gonna LOVE this one!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 5th of March 2016

Thanks! Absolutely, this would be right up her alley, then!


Friday 4th of March 2016

This looks so good! Beautiful photos!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 5th of March 2016

Thanks so much!

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