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French Beverages (Drinks) Vocabulary

French Beverages (Drinks) Vocabulary

In this lesson you’ll learn how to say different kinds of drinks (les boissons) in French. When you travel to France you’ll quickly discover that that in addition to having a very rich and vast cuisine, the the country also offers a very vast selection of beverages.

French vocabulary for drinks and beverages.

French beverages (drinks) vocabulary list

Further down you’ll find a complete list of vocabulary words for drinks and beverages in French. Click on any of the French MP3 word links and listen!

Drinks in French
le citron pressé lemonadele jus de fruit fruit juice
le jus de pomme apple juicele jus d’orange orange juice
le jus de raisin grape juicele jus de tomate tomato juice
le jus de pamplemousse grapefruit juicele jus d'ananas pineapple juice
l’eau waterl’eau minéral mineral water
l'eau du robinet tap waterl'eau gazeuse sparkling water
le lait milkle chocolat chaud hot chocolate
le café coffeele thé le thé
le thé noir black teale thé vert green tea
le vin winel'apéritif apéritif
le champagne champagnele vin blanc white wine
le vin rouge red winela bière beer
le cidre ciderle pastis anise drink
le diablo menthe green mint syrup in soda waterLe Coca Coca-Cola
le Coca light diet Cokele Pepsi Pepsi

Drinks in French culture

Before French meals people traditionally have a light alcoholic beverage called an apéritif. A popular aperitif, especially in the south of France, is the pastis, an drink make from anise.

Une bouteille de vin. A bottle of wine.

During the meal the beverage of choice is often bottled water or l’eau gaseuse (sparkling water) as this is perceived to help digestion.

The French enjoy drinking wine with their meals. A common vin de table (table wine) is often the beverage of choice for many families.

The children enjoy sweetened syrup drinks (a popular one is the diabolo menthe), fruit juices and ciders.

After the meal the French often enjoy an an espresso or a cup of tea.

On Sunday afternoons French families enjoy getting together in one of the family member’s homes and enjoying a more expensive beverage.

Je prends un espresso. I'll have an espresso.

In these situations the host will often serve a bottle of prized wine or champagne poured into the family’s best crystal glasses.

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