76 delicious drinks in French to help quench your word thirst

Food and drinks are an essential part of French culture. If you already read our guide to reading restaurant menus and ordering food in French, you’re probably going to need to pair it with a guide to ordering drinks.

In this article, you’ll learn:

  • How to order drinks in French
  • The most popular drinks in France (soft and alcoholic)
  • Drink-related verbs and vocab
  • Where to go out for a drink in France

So grab a glass of your favorite beverage, and let’s dive into all types of beverages in French!

How do you say “drinks” in French?

First things first. In French, “drink” is boisson, and “drinks”, “boissons”. Not to be mixed with “poisson”, which means “fish”. However, if you prefer “poisson” over “boisson”, check out these awesome animals in French.

In Québec, they also use the word “breuvage” — from the English “beverage” which is funny to French people as it sounds a bit “Middle-Age”.

Having a drink with friends in French.

How to order drinks in French

Here are a few common phrases to order drinks in French. You might also want to check out these numbers in French, in case you’re ordering for your friends!

Je voudrais une bière, s’il vous plaît.I would like a beer, please.
Pourrais-je avoir un verre d’eau, s’il vous plaît ?Could I have a glass of water, please?
Une carafe d’eau, s’il vous plaît.A carafe of water, please.
Une orange pressée/Un jus d’orange frais, s’il vous plaît.A squeezed orange juice, please.
Un café noir, s’il vous plait.A black coffee, please.
Un café au lait, s’il vous plaît.A coffee with milk, please
Un verre de vin rouge, s’il vous plaît.A glass of red wine, please.

List of drinks in French

From hot drinks in French to cold drinks in French, we have beverage options for all tastes. Keep reading!

Water in French

There is no life without water. Therefore, it’s the first drink you should learn in another language!

Still waterEau plateo platə
Mineral waterEau minéraleo mineɾalə
Tonic waterEau toniqueo tɔnikə
Soda waterEau gazeuseo gazøzə
Bottle of waterBouteille d'eaubutɛjə do
Tap waterEau du robineto dy ɾɔbine
Glass of waterVerre d'eauvɛrə do
Spring waterEau de sourceo də suɾsə
Flavored waterEau aromatiséeo aɾɔmatizeə

Cold non-alcoholic soft drinks like sodas and juices in French

If you visit France in summer, these cold beverages in French will come in handy.

Iced coffee in French.

JuiceJus de fruitsʒy də fɾɥi
Orange juiceJus d'orangeʒy dɔɾɑ̃ʒə
Lemon juiceCitron pressésitɾõ pɾɛse
Fruit juiceJus de fruitsʒy də fɾɥi
Vegetable juiceJus de légumesʒy də legmə
Ice coffeeCafé glacékafe glase
Milk with grenadine syrupBébé rosebebe ɾozə
Milk with mint syrupBébé vertbebe vɛɾ

Hot drinks in French

In France, coffee is virtually available in any bar.  Most will also offer other hot drinks. So if you want to learn how to order coffee in French, we've got a fun guide for that.

From hot chocolate in French to tea in French, here are the most common ones.

Multilingual coffee lovers will also enjoy this article on how to order a coffee in 12 languages.

Hot coffee in French.

Green teaThé vertte vɛɾ
Black teaThé noirte nwaɾ
Hot chocolateChocolat chaudʃɔkɔla ʃo
Chai latteChai latteʃe latə
Drip coffeeCafé filtrékafe filtɾe
Herbal teaTisane/infusiontizanɛ/ɛ̃fyzjõ
Coffee with milkCafé au laitkafe o le
Long coffeeCafé longkafe lõ

Cocktails and mixed alcoholic drinks in French

In France, alcoholic drinks are strongly related to social gatherings. Cocktails and mixed alcoholic drinks will mostly be found in bars, night clubs and at private parties.

Cocktails in French.

Gin and tonicGin tonicʒɛ̃ tɔnik
Bloody MaryBloody Marybloɔdi maɾi
Kir royalKir royalkiɾ ɾwajal
Soupe AngevineSoupe Angevinesup ɑ̃ʒəvinə
Blue LagoonBlue Lagoonblɥə lagoõ
Piña coladaPiña coladapiña kɔlada
White LadyWhite Ladywitə ladi
Jungle JuiceJungle Juiceʒœ̃glə ʒɥisə

Beer in French

As in many countries around the world, la “bière” is very popular in France. Most bars offer the most popular national and international brands, as well as local craft beer. You will also find different flavored beers — usually mixed with “sirop”.

Beer in French.

A pint of beerUne pinte de bièreynə pɛ̃tə də bjɛɾə
LagerBière blondebjɛɾə blõdə
Dark beerBière brunebjɛɾə bɾynə
33 centiliters beerDemidəmi
33 centiliters beer with peach syrupDemi pêchedəmi pɛʃə
Beer with grenadine syrupMonacomɔnako

Wine in French

Wine is almost always present on a French table, whether it’s a family reunion or a restaurant dinner. You’ll also find wine in regular bars and “bars à vin”. In November, all French bars offer the very popular “Beaujolais nouveau”. More on this tradition in this video.

Champagne and wine in French.

White wineVin blancvɛ̃ blɑ̃k
Red wineVin rougevɛ̃ ɾuʒə
A glass of wineUn verre de vinœ̃ vɛrə də vɛ̃
Mulled wineVin chaudvɛ̃ ʃo
Sparkling wineVin pétillant/mousseuxvɛ̃ petijɑ̃t/musø
A bottle of wineUne bouteille de vinynə butɛjə də vɛ̃
Organic wineVin biologiquevɛ̃ bjɔlɔʒikə

Drink-related verbs

Here are a few verbs you might need in a variety of situations… No further details needed!

To drinkBoirebwaɾə
To be thirstyAvoir soifavwaɾ swaf
To be potableÊtre potableɛtɾə pɔtablə
To be drunkÊtre ivreɛtɾ ivɾə
To be tipsyÊtre pompette/éméché(e)ɛtɾə põpɛtə
To sipSirotersiɾɔte

Other important drink-related vocab

The vocab below will allow you to impress your francophone friends and take your French skills to the next level. “Santé” to you!

Wine glassVerre à vinvɛr a vɛ̃
Pint glassVerre à pintevɛr a pɛ̃tə
Champagne glassFlûte à champagneflyt a ʃɑ̃paɲə
Sippy cup (kids)Gobelet antifuitegɔbəlɛt‿ ɑ̃tifɥitə
Plastic cupGobelet en plastiquegɔbəlɛt‿ɑ̃ plastikə
Disposable cupTasse jetabletasə ʒətablə
Cheers!Santé !sɑ̃te !
With iceAvec des glaçonsavɛkde glasõ
Without iceSans glaçonssɑ̃ glasõ
Pitcher / jugPichet/carafepiʃɛt/kaɾafə
A shotUn coupœ̃ ku
TeahouseSalon de thésalõ də te
Virgin drinkBoisson sans alcoolbwasõ sɑ̃z‿ alkoɔl

Where to go out for a drink in France

1. Wine

French wine is famous worldwide and readily available all over the hexagone. Every French region is in a permanent rivalry for the most unique “terroir”. From Burgundy, Champagne and Bordeaux to the Loire and Rhône Valleys, without forgetting the Languedoc region, wine is a serious affair.

And don’t worry, even if a lot of people claim to be amateur œnologues, many of them are just showing off. Also, price isn’t necessarily linked to quality.

You’ll find wine in bars, restaurants, dedicated “bars à vin”, at any grocery stores, liquor store and of course directly at the vineyard.

Finally, fancy restaurants usually offer pairing menus.

2. Spirits and beers

From local draft beers to the most popular brands, you’ll find beer at any bar, pub or supermarket. While beer is offered in most restaurants, wine is a lot more typical to accompany a meal.

Spirits can be bought at grocery stores, liquor stores, bars and nightclubs. Most restaurants will also offer cocktails and liquors as “apéritif” (before a meal) or “digestif” (after a meal). In fancy restaurants and at weddings, you might be surprised to see a sorbet with liquor served between courses. It’s called a trou Normand.

3. Cold soft drinks

Most bars offer sodas and juices, and some will have fresh orange juice and lemon juice.

Syrups are also very popular in France, especially grenadine and mint.

Asking for a glass or a jug of tap water is very common and not rude.

4. Hot drinks

Any French bar and restaurant will serve coffee. While the selection might not be as extensive as a popular green coffee chain, you’ll always find at least “expresso”, “café noir” and “café au lait”.

Hot chocolate is very popular in winter, sometimes mixed with Chartreuse licor in the Alps. So is “vin chaud”, hot wine mixed with spices.

Standard tea and herbal tea is readily available in bars and restaurants.

Popular drinks in France

When I was a child, my favorite drink was a “bébé rose” (pink baby). Nowadays, this mix of cold milk and grenadine syrup is still a favorite, along with the green version “bébé vert”, with mint syrup.

For grown ups, the most popular drink is definitely wine, as well as Pastis in the Southern region.

4 ways to say “I’m drunk” in French

You got a little too excited about drinks with your French-speaking amis/amies or in a Francophone country? Well, it happens. If you’re tipsy, check out this video to handle the situation with French class! You’ll find some of these expressions in our article on French slang. Now, you might need a “verre d’eau”...

What happens when you drink a little too much in France? 🤪🍻 🔞

You’re now ready to conquer the French food and drink scene. And while alcohol might help you with your confidence in French, remember to drink with moderation — with a classic French drinking song. Santé !

Bordas " boire un petit coup " ( c'est agréable...) 1948

For more fun, free French blog vocabulary lessons, you can find a treasure trove right here.

Call Us


Find out more

Fill in the form below and we’ll contact you to discuss your learning options and answer any questions you may have.