Countdown to Bastille Day as six bartenders across the country mix up cocktails with a taste of France with help from Heavenly Spirits

In celebration of the versatility of French spirits and to honor Bastille Day, Heavenly Spirits sent six bartenders around the country two bottles of different French spirits to use to create a cocktail. Bartender Kristopher Taylor of Eagan, Minnesota received bottles of Yu Gin and Jahoit Créme de Cassis which he used to create three different drinks.

The beautiful purple hue of Jahoit Créme de Cassis is a stunning addition to any cocktail before you even get to its tasting notes. All of the black currants are grown exclusively on the Jahiot estate. Fruit is picked at peak ripeness and macerated in alcohol as quickly as possible to preserve the best quality and flavor. The end result is a complex liqueur that’s sweet, tangy, jammy, and slightly savory that makes for a versatile and show-stopping cocktail ingredient. Taylor paired it with both a Cognac and Gin to showcase just a few of the ways it can be used in a cocktail.

Taylor’s second bottle was Spiritique’s Yu Gin, a hand-crafted French gin inspired by Japanese tradition. The stunning gin is made by distilling juniper berries enhanced with yuzu, Szechuan pepper, licorice, and coriander for a citrus gin with savory, peppery, and botanical notes. Taylor played up the blend of spice and citrus by creating an orange ginger syrup made with chili flakes for an intense kick.

Dragon Eternal

Dragon Eternal

Dragon Eternal

By: Kristopher Taylor of Minneapolis, MN 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Camus VSOP Cognac
  • 1/2 oz. Jahoit Cassis
  • 1/2 oz. Mint Syrup
  • 1/4 oz. Orange Blossom Water
  • 3/4 oz. Lime Juice

Galick Gun

Galick Gun

Galick Gun

By: Kristopher Taylor of Minneapolis, MN 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Yu Gin
  • 1/4 oz. Green Chartreuse
  • 1/4 oz. Jahoit Cassis
  • 1/4 oz. Orange Ginger Syrup
  • 3/4 oz. Lime Juice

Genki Dama

Genki Dama

Genki Dama

By: Kristopher Taylor of Minneapolis, MN 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Yu Gin
  • 1 oz. Butterfly Pea Tea
  • 3/4 oz. Orange Ginger Syrup*
  • 3/4 oz. Lime Juice

*Orange Ginger Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 2 qt. Sugar
  • 1/2 qt. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 qt. Water
  • 4 Ginger Bunches, Sliced
  • 10 Oranges, Sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp. Chili Flakes