French Horn
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French Horn
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4.65 / 5
The French Horn is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that combines the crispness of vodka with the tanginess of lemon juice and the sweetness of raspberry liqueur. The addition of ... more The French Horn is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that combines the crispness of vodka with the tanginess of lemon juice and the sweetness of raspberry liqueur. The addition of a pinch of salt helps to balance out the flavors and adds a subtle savory note. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a sweet and sour drink with a touch of saltiness. It is believed to have been created in France in the 1940s and its name is a nod to the famous French wind instrument, known for its smooth and elegant sound. Served over ice, the French Horn is the perfect companion for a hot summer day or a sophisticated evening gathering.
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Raspberry
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22.72% | 1.54 units *

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The French Horn is a harmonious blend of sharp citrus from the lemon juice against the sweet notes of raspberry liqueur, rounded elegantly by the clean slate of vodka. A pinch of salt ingeniously cuts through the sweetness, enhancing the depth and creating a cocktail that intrigues the palate with its sophisticated balance of savory and sweet elements.

Method
How to make a French Horn

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Chill the cocktail glass while making the cocktail, and once chilled moisten the rim the glass and roll in salt
Add the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into the rimmed cocktail glass
Garnish with a raspberry and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Rim  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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Comments

Java Guy avatar

This is good, but needs a bit more. I'd go with 1 full oz of the raspberry liqueur.

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the best way to serve the French Horn cocktail to preserve its flavors?

The French Horn cocktail is best served cold in a cocktail glass. This method preserves its flavors by keeping the drink at an optimal chilled temperature without diluting it, as it is designed to be enjoyed shaken, not stirred. Serving it in a cocktail glass also enhances its elegant presentation.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a substitute for raspberry liqueur in the French Horn cocktail?

Yes, if raspberry liqueur is not available, a good substitute could be Chambord, which is a black raspberry liqueur that can provide a similar flavor profile. Alternatively, for a non-alcoholic version, raspberry syrup can be used, although this will change the alcohol content and taste profile of the drink.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairs well with the French Horn cocktail?

The French Horn, with its mixture of vodka, lemon juice, raspberry liqueur, and a pinch of salt, pairs well with light appetizers or desserts. Seafood appetizers, like shrimp cocktail or smoked salmon, can complement its acidity and saltiness, while fruity desserts like lemon tarts or raspberry cheesecake can enhance its sweet and fruity notes.

FAQ

How does the salt component affect the taste of the French Horn cocktail?

The pinch of salt in the French Horn cocktail acts as a flavor enhancer, bringing out the sweetness and acidity of the lemon juice and raspberry liqueur. It can also reduce the bitterness that sometimes comes from the alcohol, resulting in a smoother, more balanced cocktail.

FAQ

Is the French Horn cocktail suitable for people who prefer low-alcohol drinks?

With an alcohol content of 22.72%, the French Horn is on the moderately strong side for a cocktail. However, it's still relatively lower in alcohol compared to some classic cocktails. It can be suitable for people who prefer a milder alcoholic beverage, keeping in mind its taste profile and the individual's personal tolerance and preference.

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