Bulle de Pêche Cocktail

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Every great cocktail has a great story behind it.

This Bulle de Pêche cocktail is no exception.

Bulle De Peche
Refreshingly Crisp! This champagne cocktail has a surprising hint of peach and lemongrass.

I discovered this refreshing cocktail last summer while traveling in France.

It was summer in the South of France and it was hot!  It seemed too hot for our usual red wine. This refreshing cocktail provided the perfect alternative.

My husband and I stayed at the most fabulous hotel, Le Pigonette in Aix de Provence. While down at the garden bar on our first night, we pursued the menu and settled on the Bulle de Pêche. The first time we ordered this fizzy cocktail it was dressed with a sprig of greenery, that gave it a wonderful herbal note.

Cool and refreshing champagne cocktail with a surprising zing of lemongrass and peach.

The second time we ordered a round of Bulle de Pêche cocktails we were lounging down by pool.

This time our cocktails came with a sprig of mint. My keen eye for detail noticed the difference right away. Not only did the mint change the nose of this cocktail, it gave it a whole different look. I asked the bartender about the herbal discrepancy. I’m sure he found the fact that I even noticed the difference amusing (or annoying). We were in France – it was hard to tell the difference.

It was our luck that my curiosity led to him sharing the history of this cocktail. I love a good story about the origin of any recipe. I was super glad I’d asked!

As it turns out, this fantastic cocktail actually originated from this very hotel bar. I also learned that the original herbal accouterment was in fact fresh lemon verbena – cut daily from a hedge that stood in the very garden where we had enjoyed that first drink.

Me in the garden with my original Bulle de Pêche.
Me in the garden with my original Bulle de Pêche.

We loved this cocktail so much that we had to share it with friends and family.

A few weeks after our trip, my brother-in-law had a summer party at their home. We were determined to find all of the fixings for this cocktail so that we could share it with everyone. Unfortunately, we underestimated the difficulty of finding the key ingredient – RinQuinQuin. This peach-flavored liquor required a trip to South San Francisco to a specialty spirits shop, Bitter and Bottles. Additionally, we had to make a trip to the local garden store to find a lemon verbena plant. Authenticity is everything, right?

We still have this lemon verbena plant growing in our own garden. This, and the bottle of RinQuinQuin in the liquor cabinet, should save us quite a bit of time the next round!

I told you that every great cocktail has a great story. I hope you loved this story as much I loved telling it.

 A ta santé! Bring on Spring!

Bulle de Peche cocktail recipe by foodology geek

Bulle De Peche

by: Laura Reigel
A delightfully light champagne cocktail with a hint of peach and lemon verbena that originated in the South of France. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine French
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 268 kcal

Equipment

  • large wine glasses

Ingredients
 

  • Ice
  • ½ ounce lemongrass simple syrup
  • 2 ounces Rinquinquin
  • 4 ounces Champagne

Lemongrass Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup fresh lemongrass, tender parts of the stalk sliced

Garnish

  • fresh lemon verbena

Instructions
 

  • Add the ice to a large wine glass.
    Ice
  • Top with lemon grass syrup, RinQuinQuin, and champagne. Stir gently.
    ½ ounce lemongrass simple syrup, 2 ounces Rinquinquin, 4 ounces Champagne
  • Top with a sprig of fresh lemon verbena.
    fresh lemon verbena
  • Enjoy!

Homemade Lemongrass Simple Syrup

  • Pull off the outer stalks of the lemongrass. Slice the tender parts of the stem.
    ¼ cup fresh lemongrass
  • In a small pan combine the sugar, water, and sliced lemongrass.
    ½ cup sugar, ¼ cup water

Laura’s Tips + Notes

Making your own lemongrass simple syrup is easy: Combine sugar, water, and sliced lemongrass core in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and cool.
Keyword champagne cocktail, champagne cocktail recipe

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