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French Connection Cocktail Recipe

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Nov 8, 2020 • 1 min read

The French Connection is a classic cocktail with equal parts cognac and amaretto liqueur. Named after William Friedkin’s neo-noir film The French Connection (1971) starring Gene Hackman, it’s a powerful brandy cocktail meant to be sipped slowly as a nightcap or after-dinner drink. It’s usually served over ice in a rocks glass or neat in a brandy snifter.

Since the French Connection has only two ingredients, the quality of each liquor is incredibly important; it won’t be masked by mixers or other flavors. When making a French Connection, it’s important to reach for higher-quality liquors than you would during other cocktail recipes.



French Connection Recipe

1 cocktail
Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min


  • 2 oz cognac
  • 2 oz amaretto
  • Ice cubes
  1. Fill your glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour cognac and amaretto over the ice. Stir gently and serve immediately.

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