French Connection

Like the Godfather from which it’s derived, the French Connection takes its name from filmdom. This cocktail honors the 1971 thriller The French Connection, which starred Gene Hackman as detective Popeye Doyle and Roy Scheider as his partner, Buddy Russo. In place of the Godfather’s usual whiskey, this cocktail swaps in French Cognac, which enhances the nutty sweetness of the amaretto. Don’t let the friendly flavors fool you, though—with no non-alcoholic mixers, this cocktail’s four ounces of straight booze pack a punch tougher than detective Popeye.

Sweet, Dry


  • 2 oz cognac
  • 2 oz amaretto


Step one

Add both ingredients to a lowball glass with a large ice cube.

Step two

Stir briefly and serve.

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Mix It Up!

To make a French Connection No. 2, swap out the amaretto for Grand Marnier. This cocktail variation is often served neat in a snifter.

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