French Pearl Cocktail Drink

French Pearl

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

Are you craving a fancy cocktail? This French Pearl recipe is your answer! It’s a tasty drink with unique ingredients you can whip up quickly.

French Pearl Recipe

Enjoy the spring season with our straightforward French Pearl recipe! The mix of Gin, lime juice, simple syrup, Absinthe and fresh mint makes for a refreshing cocktail.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

198 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gin
  • ¼ oz Absinthe or Pastis
  • ¾ oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 5-7 fresh mint leaves
  • Ice cubes
  • Mint sprig and/or lime zest twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Coupe Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill a Coupe glass with ice. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Prep Shaker: Place 5-7 fresh mint leaves into your cocktail shaker.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Pour in ½ oz simple syrup over the mint leaves.
  • Add Lime Juice: Add ¾ oz fresh lime juice.
  • Add Absinthe: Measure and pour ¼ oz Absinthe or Pastis into the shaker as well.
  • Add Gin: Add 2 oz Gin.
  • Shake: Fill the shaker with ice, close it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Discard the ice inside the coupe glass. Then, using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the shaken drink into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a lime zest twist and/or a mint sprig and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you don't have Gin, vodka can be a good substitute, although it will lack the botanical flavor that Gin provides. You can also use Genever as a substitute for a twist on this classic cocktail.
  • Absinthe: Any kind of absinthe, pastis or other anise-flavored liqueur can be used to make this cocktail.  Remember that these substitutes may not have the same strength as absinthe, so adjust to taste.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: In a pinch, bottled lime juice can work, but fresh is always best. Fresh lemon juice can also be used as an alternative for this cocktail. It won’t have the same distinctive crisp flavor as lime juice but will still make for a delicious cocktail.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat. Alternatively, agave nectar or honey syrup (2 parts honey to 1 part warm water) can be used, but these will slightly alter the flavor.

Making a Pitcher of French Pearl:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Gin, 2 oz of absinthe, 6 oz of fresh lime juice, 4 oz of simple syrup and 40-56 fresh mint leaves (approx. 4 handfuls).
  • Mix: Smack the mint leaves between your hands a few times and drop them in a large pitcher. Muddle gently, being careful not to tear the leaves into small pieces. Then, add the Gin, absinthe, lime juice, and simple syrup and let it rest for 10 minutes for the mint leaves to infuse. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into chilled coupe glasses and garnish with mint sprigs or lime peels. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; several on the market do a good job mimicking the botanical flavors of Gin.
  • Absinthe Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic anise extract or omit the simple syrup and replace it with an anise-flavored syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients and follow the original steps to enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The French Pearl cocktail is naturally vegan as it contains no animal products. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
198
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
11
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
13
g
4
%
Fiber
 
0.5
g
2
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Potassium
 
63
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.3
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.03
g
Vitamin A
 
223
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
8
mg
10
%
Calcium
 
17
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

French Pearl Cocktail Drink

French Pearl Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Enjoy the spring season with our straightforward French Pearl recipe! The mix of Gin, lime juice, simple syrup, Absinthe and fresh mint makes for a refreshing cocktail.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 198

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Gin
  • ¼ oz Absinthe or Pastis
  • ¾ oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 5-7 fresh mint leaves
  • Ice cubes
  • Mint sprig and/or lime zest twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Coupe Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill a Coupe glass with ice. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Prep Shaker: Place 5-7 fresh mint leaves into your cocktail shaker.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Pour in ½ oz simple syrup over the mint leaves.
  • Add Lime Juice: Add ¾ oz fresh lime juice.
  • Add Absinthe: Measure and pour ¼ oz Absinthe or Pastis into the shaker as well.
  • Add Gin: Add 2 oz Gin.
  • Shake: Fill the shaker with ice, close it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Discard the ice inside the coupe glass. Then, using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the shaken drink into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a lime zest twist and/or a mint sprig and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you don't have Gin, vodka can be a good substitute, although it will lack the botanical flavor that Gin provides. You can also use Genever as a substitute for a twist on this classic cocktail.
  • Absinthe: Any kind of absinthe, pastis or other anise-flavored liqueur can be used to make this cocktail.  Remember that these substitutes may not have the same strength as absinthe, so adjust to taste.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: In a pinch, bottled lime juice can work, but fresh is always best. Fresh lemon juice can also be used as an alternative for this cocktail. It won’t have the same distinctive crisp flavor as lime juice but will still make for a delicious cocktail.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat. Alternatively, agave nectar or honey syrup (2 parts honey to 1 part warm water) can be used, but these will slightly alter the flavor.

Making a Pitcher of French Pearl:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Gin, 2 oz of absinthe, 6 oz of fresh lime juice, 4 oz of simple syrup and 40-56 fresh mint leaves (approx. 4 handfuls).
  • Mix: Smack the mint leaves between your hands a few times and drop them in a large pitcher. Muddle gently, being careful not to tear the leaves into small pieces. Then, add the Gin, absinthe, lime juice, and simple syrup and let it rest for 10 minutes for the mint leaves to infuse. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into chilled coupe glasses and garnish with mint sprigs or lime peels. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; several on the market do a good job mimicking the botanical flavors of Gin.
  • Absinthe Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic anise extract or omit the simple syrup and replace it with an anise-flavored syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients and follow the original steps to enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The French Pearl cocktail is naturally vegan as it contains no animal products. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

What is a French Pearl?

A French Pearl is a gin-based cocktail made of Gin, Pernod Absinthe, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and fresh mint. An interesting fact about this drink is its unique flavor profile; it combines herbal notes from absinthe and mint with citrusy freshness from lime juice balanced out by sweet undertones provided by simple syrup.

A side shot of a French Pearl cocktail in a cocktail glass on a white coaster placed on a white surface surrounded by a white cloth and a plate with lime pieces

What is a French Pearl made of – The ingredients

These are the ingredients you’ll need to create a French Pearl:

  • Pernod Absinthe: This is the primary ingredient in a French Pearl cocktail. It’s a high-proof, anise-flavored spirit that gives the drink its distinctive taste and aroma.
  • Fresh Mint Leaves: These add a refreshing, herbal note to the cocktail. They also provide a beautiful green color and aromatic garnish.
  • Simple Syrup: This sweetener balances out the strong absinthe and lime juice flavors. It’s made from equal parts sugar and water, heated until the sugar dissolves.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice adds a tart, citrusy element to the cocktail. It helps cut through the simple syrup’s sweetness and enhances the flavor profile.
  • Angostura Bitters: A few dashes of these bitters add complexity and depth to the cocktail. They have a unique blend of botanicals that complement the other ingredients.
  • Soda Water: This is used to top off the cocktail, adding a bit of fizziness for texture and diluting the intense flavors just enough to make them more palatable.

Gin, Absinthe, lime juice, simple syrup, mint leaves, lime and sugar cubes laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a French Pearl?

We provide an easy guide for you to make a French Pearl step by step:

1
<p>Start by filling a Coupe glass with ice cubes. Give it a quick stir to chill the glass thoroughly, ensuring that your cocktail remains cold longer. Set the glass aside while you prepare the cocktail.</p>

Start by filling a Coupe glass with ice cubes. Give it a quick stir to chill the glass thoroughly, ensuring that your cocktail remains cold longer. Set the glass aside while you prepare the cocktail.

2
<p>Take a handful of fresh mint leaves (5-7 pieces) and smack it between your hands before dropping it into the cocktail shaker.</p>

Take a handful of fresh mint leaves (5-7 pieces) and smack it between your hands before dropping it into the cocktail shaker.

3
<p>Pour in ½ ounce of simple syrup over the mint leaves. This will provide a balanced sweetness and help release the mint's aromatic oils.</p>

Pour in ½ ounce of simple syrup over the mint leaves. This will provide a balanced sweetness and help release the mint's aromatic oils.

4
<p>Measure and pour ¾ ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice into the shaker. The lime juice will add a refreshing and tangy citrus note to the cocktail.</p>

Measure and pour ¾ ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice into the shaker. The lime juice will add a refreshing and tangy citrus note to the cocktail.

5
<p>Next, pour ¼ ounce of absinthe into the shaker. The absinthe will contribute a complex, anise-flavored depth to the drink.</p>

Next, pour ¼ ounce of absinthe into the shaker. The absinthe will contribute a complex, anise-flavored depth to the drink.

6
<p>Finally, add 2 ounces of gin into the shaker. The gin serves as the cocktail's base spirit, offering a robust botanical profile that complements the other ingredients.</p>

Finally, add 2 ounces of gin into the shaker. The gin serves as the cocktail's base spirit, offering a robust botanical profile that complements the other ingredients.

7
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes. </p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

8
<p>Close it tightly and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.</p>

Close it tightly and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.

9
<p>Discard the ice from the Coupe glass that you set aside earlier. Using both the cocktail strainer and a fine strainer, strain the shaken mixture into the chilled Coupe glass. This double straining process removes any mint pieces and ice shards, leaving you with a smooth and clear cocktail.</p>

Discard the ice from the Coupe glass that you set aside earlier. Using both the cocktail strainer and a fine strainer, strain the shaken mixture into the chilled Coupe glass. This double straining process removes any mint pieces and ice shards, leaving you with a smooth and clear cocktail.

10
<p>Finally, garnish the drink with a twist of lime zest and/or a mint sprig. This adds a visually appealing touch and enhances the cocktail's aroma.</p>

Finally, garnish the drink with a twist of lime zest and/or a mint sprig. This adds a visually appealing touch and enhances the cocktail's aroma.

Serve immediately and enjoy the elegant and refreshing French Pearl cocktail!

History and Origin of the French Pearl

The French Pearl cocktail was created in 2006 by Audrey Saunders at the Pegu Club, NYC. Saunders wanted to show the world that Absinthe was more than just an extremely strong spirit. She believed it could blend well with other ingredients, too, such as gin and mint; that’s how she created this twist on the classic Southside cocktail, which in turn quickly became famous as a modern classic of its own.

A French Pearl cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a beige surface surrounded by Gin, Absinthe, lime juice, simple syrup, mint leaves, lime and sugar cubes

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FAQ

How many calories does a French Pearl contain?
A standard serving of a French Pearl contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
What is the alcohol content of a French Pearl?
The French Pearl typically has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 20-25%, translating to 40-50 proof. This makes it a moderately potent cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a French Pearl?
The primary alcohol used in a French Pearl is Gin. It also includes a touch of absinthe for added flavor.
In what kind of glass should a French Pearl be served?
Traditionally, a French Pearl is served in a chilled coupe glass. This type of glass helps maintain the temperature and enhance the drink's aroma.
What does a French Pearl taste like?
The French Pearl cocktail combines the refreshing taste of gin with the crisp tang of lime and a hint of sweetness from simple syrup. The aromatic mint and subtle anise flavor from the absinthe add complexity, making it a balanced and invigorating drink.
How is a French Pearl served with respect to ice?
A French Pearl is usually shaken with ice to chill, then strained into the serving glass without ice (served "up"). This method ensures that the drink remains cold without being diluted by melting ice.
Is it challenging to make a French Pearl at home?
Not at all! Making a French Pearl at home is relatively straightforward. All you need are the ingredients and a cocktail shaker. Combine all the ingredients with ice in the shaker, shake well, then strain into your chilled glass.

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