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France unquestionably is the land of wine. Connoisseurs from all over the world come to this country to savour the best vintages or buy new items to their collections; sometimes for unbelievably high prices. Such typically French wines as Bordeaux and Beaujolais Nouveau taste best when sipped on sandy beaches of the French Riviera or in charming little cafes. Once you're in France however, there is one more drink that you must try - the original champagne - especially if you visit the region of Champagne, where this fine sparkling wine is made. Children visiting France will enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or a bottle of Gini, Mecca-Cola or Orangina, popular French soft drinks.

This extremely sweet liqueur is flavoured mainly with the cocoa and vanilla beans. It has a consistency of a clear light syrup, but it also appears in a dark (caramel)-coloured version, known as Dark Crème de Cacao. Usually served as a dessert... more
This lemon soft drink distributed by the renowned French mineral water brand Perrier. It is one of the most famous refreshing beverages in France. Apart from a bitter-sweet taste of a green lime, the drink owes to its popularity to a smart... more
Grand Marnier is a type of a dry liquor made from a blend of cognacs and a distilled essence of orange. Created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle, Grand Marnier appears today in several varieties. It can be consumed 'straight up' or in mixed... more
This popular drink came to France from Great Britain. Although originally made solely out of water and rum, Grog des Iles can also contain lemon juice, lime juice, cinnamon or sugar to improve the taste. The traditional French version of grog... more
Hennessy is one of the oldest and most celebrated types of French distilled wine and brandy. Its history dates back to 1765, when the French royal mercenary Richard Hennessy, was granted a large in the town of Cognac for his long and faithful... more
The drink that we now refer to as the hot chocolate, originally (15th century) was a cold gluey mixture of ground cocoa beans and water. It also included spices such as cayenne pepper, vanilla, cloves and cinnamon ti improve its taste and aroma.... more
Originally a staple product of the French Basque Country, Izarra is a popular sweet liqueur which dates back to the mid 19th Century. It owes its popularity to Joseph Grattau, a botanist who bought the recipe for this drink in the late 19th century... more
This popular cocktail consists of French blackcurrant liquor, Crème de Cassis topped with white wine. It owes its name to Félix Kir, a mayor of Dijon in Burgundy, who offered this drink to visiting delegations at official receptions in the aftermath... more
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