French Beverages (Drinks) Vocabulary

French Drinking Traditions

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.

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.

During the meal the beverage of choice is often bottled water or sparkling water as this is perceived to help digestion.

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Of course the French also enjoy drinking wine with their meals. A common “vin de table” (table wine) is often the beverage of choice for many families while the children enjoy sweetened syrup drinks (a popular one is the diabolo menthe), fruit juices and ciders.

After the meal the French often enjoy a nice coffee (usually an espresso) or a cup of tea. Finally, during the weekends and especially on Sunday afternoons French families enjoy getting together in one of the family member’s homes and enjoying a more expensive beverage.

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

French beverages (drinks) vocabulary list

In the table below 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!

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

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