Class Up Your Next Happy Hour With This French-Italian Cocktail

Lizzie Munro
Lizzie Munro

Although the name may sound intimidating, you don't need to be a bartender to impress your friends. Ezra Star's recipe in How to Drink French Fluently ($12) boasts a short, simple list of ingredients, the star of which is St-Germain, a French bar staple.

Lizzie Munro

Fiore di Francia


    • 1 1/4 ounces blended whiskey
    • 1 ounce St-Germain
    • 3/4 ounce Cynar
    • 1 dash Angostura bitters
    • Garnish: Lemon peel


    1. Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, and stir.

    2. Strain into a coupe. Express the lemon peel over the drink and discard.


    Ezra Star found inspiration in the food encountered along the Italian and French border, where the cuisine does not belong wholly to either culture. Here, Italian artichoke amaro, Cynar, joins forces with St-Germain in a nod to the border zone where elderflower grows freely.