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The marquisette, the traditional cocktail of the Ardèche festivals

In Ardèche we like to party! And among the good Ardèche wines, beers and other spirits that can be found in the Ardèche, one cocktail stands out: the marquisette. Present in a large part of south-eastern France, this cocktail is often consumed at village festivals and popular balls.

There are dozens of different recipes. It is usually made with champagne or sparkling wine, white wine, sugar, orange or lemon. White rum is also often used.

Recipe for lemon marquisette

This recipe skips the oranges for a 100% lemon taste. Ingredients:

  • 500g of limes and lemons
  • 500g sugar
  • 1l dry white wine
  • 1l of crémant 
  • 1l of sparkling water
  • 18cl of Pulco lemon

The day before, start by washing and cutting the lemons into thin wedges. Put them in a bowl and cover them with the white wine, sugar and lemon Pulco. Mix and leave to stand.

The next day, add the cremant and fresh soda water to the mixture, stir and serve the cocktail with a ladle. You can decorate the cocktail glasses by “frosting” the rims with a mixture of sugar and lemon juice.

This quantity will be sufficient for a good ten people.


This recipe for marquisette is one of the most traditional. Feel free to divide the ingredients to make less, as this recipe will satisfy the thirst of at least ten people. Ingredients:

  • 500g of lemons
  • 500g oranges
  • 500g sugar
  • 50cl of white rum
  • 75cl dry white wine
  • 75cl of sparkling wine
  • 2l lemonade

The day before, cut the fruit into small cubes or thin slices and put them in a large bowl. Add the rum, wine and sugar. Mix. Leave to macerate in the fridge for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.

Add lemonade and sparkling wine. Mix well before serving chilled; many other recipes exist or can be created. Of course, you can also make variations with citrus, lime, grapefruit or red fruit, or add mint leaves!

The more creative ones will personalise it by adding a syrup, a sparkling soda or a liqueur of their choice, or even make it a non-alcoholic drink! In any case, add a few ice cubes to make it a refreshing aperitif!

Marquisette is also occasionally served in our restaurant in Ardèche, come and taste our secret recipe!

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