Bastille Day!


Yesterday was Bastille Day!  Many of you are probably wondering what that is, well it is the French National Day.  It not only coincides with the storming of Bastille, but also with the resolution of the modern government with the old monarchy (  In other words, this is the French Independence Day!  Just like America, they have parades and fireworks.  As a matter of fact, they have the largest parade in Europe around the Champs-Elysees (


As far as I am concerned though, the best thing about Bastille Day is the shots!  Not only do you mix white wine and tequila, but you get to slam your cup on the bar and yell “Bastille Day!”  Now I understand that for most people this doesn’t sound like the most tasty drink, but trust me when I say that the ingredients are key.

To make a great Bastille Day shot you need a buttery Chardonnay, such as Louis Latour.  The tequila you choose will make or break your drink. My recommendation is an infused tequila, such as Tanteo Cocoa.  It is infused with jalapenos and cocoa to give it a rich and slightly spicy flavor.  This is a nice contrast to the sweet, savory, buttery Chardonnay.  If you like sweeter cocktails, try Patron Citronge.  It is an orange flavored tequila that will compliment the wine while making the shot sweeter.

I believe I’ve said this before, but working at a tequila bar I have come to realize that people who claim to not like tequila are the most fervent about not drinking it.  So, for those of you who are anti-tequila, try modifying the Bastille Day shot with a ginger-infused cognac.  To make the infused cognac just slice fresh peeled ginger and let it set in the cognac for at least 24 hours.

Now all you need is the ratio and the proper way to slam  your drink!

3 oz white wine

1 oz tequila or cognac

Make sure you can form a seal with the cup you make your drink in.  I recommend using a rocks glass.  Put all the ingredients in the glass with no ice, form a seal with your hand, and gently tap the glass on the counter while yelling “Bastille Day!”

By Krystle Turkington

@KrystleBar for HappyHourPal