Easy French Vocabulary Guide for Beginners Practicing Everyday Conversations:
[Drinks and Beverages]

french drinks

This section covers the words and vocabulary used to describe various types of drinks in French. 

From its flagship bottled mineral water brand Evian to its huge variety of tasty wines, France is a country well known in the world for its drinks. 

The French take their drinks very seriously. A glass of red wine is almost always at hands reach during meals, and let's not forget the special treatment Evian receives from its bottling process (intricate bottle designs by famous fashion designer, and sometimes in limited editions only please) to its remarkable distribution network (yes, you can enjoy your hamburger with some Evian at French McDonalds!!). Now that's what I call setting yourself apart!

Check out the following word list of French beverages and find out if you know any of them.

1. Introduction: Water and Drinks

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1. une boisson

Drink; Beverage

J'ai commandé une boisson sans alcool./ I ordered a soft drink.

2. un verre

Glass

Prenons un verre de temps en temps./ Let's have a drink from time to time.

3. l'eau (f)

Water

Cet homme a besoin d'eau./ This man needs water.

4. l'eau chaude

Hot water (boiling)

J'ai besoin d'eau chaude pour ma boisson./ I need some hot water for my drink.

5. l'eau chaude/tiède

Warm water

Le bébé aime le lait chaud./ The baby likes his milk warm.

6. l'eau tiède

Lukewarm

Faut-il de l'eau tiède pour cette boissson?/ Do we need lukewarm water for this drink?

7. l'eau froide

Cold water

Versez de l'eau froide dans un verre./ Pour some cold water in a glass.

2.  Non-Alcoholic Beverages

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8. non alcoolisé(e)

Non-alcoholic; Soft (drink)

Une boisson non alcoolisée./ A soft drink.

9. le thé

Tea

Ce thé est bon./ This tea is good.

10. le thé vert

Green tea

Du thé vert, s'il-vous-plaît./ Some green tea, please.

11. le thé noir

Black tea

Je préfère le thé noir./ I prefer black tea.

12. le chocolat chaud

Cocoa; Hot chocolate

Je bois du chocolat chaud quand il fait froid./ I drink hot chocolate when it is cold.

13. l'eau minérale

Mineral water

Avez-vous de l'eau minérale?/ Do you have some mineral water?

14. le lait

Milk

Le lait chaud me donne sommeil./ Warm milk makes me sleepy.

15. le lait de soja

Soy milk

Le lait de soja est très nourrissant./ Soy milk is very nutritious.

16. l'eau gazeuse

Sparkling water

Une bouteille d'eau gazeuse./ A bottle of sparkling water.

17. l'eau plate

Flat water

L'eau plate de ce robinet est bonne./ The still water from this tap tastes good.

18.

le jus

Juice

Tu as bu assez de jus pour ce soir./ You drank enough juice for tonight.

19.

le jus de fruits

Fruit juice

Elle a commandé un jus de fruits./ She ordered a fruit juice.

20.

le jus de pomme

Apple juice

Ce jus de pomme est un peu aigre./ This apple uice is a little sour.

21.

le jus d'orange

Orange juice

J'adore le jus d'orange./ I love orange juice.

22.

le café

Coffee

Un café s'il-vous-plaît!/ A coffee, please!

23.

le café au lait

Coffee with milk

Voulez-vous un café au lait?/ Do you want a coffee with milk?

24.

le café noir

Black coffee

Je ne bois que du café noir le matin./ I only drink black coffee in the morning.

25.

le coca

Coke

Je vous sers un coca?/ Can I get you a coke?

26.

boisson gazeuse

Fizzy drink; Sparkling (wine/water)

Le champagne est une boisson gazeuse./ Champagne is a sparkling drink.

27.

la tisane

Herbal tea

Une tisane vous fera du bien./ Some herbal tea will make you feel all right.

28.

la noisette

Caffè macchiato

Il commande veau une noisette./ He orders a Caffè Macchiato.

29.

l'expresso (m.)

Espresso

J'achèterai une machine expresso./ I will buy an espresso machine.

30.

un café allongé

Long black; Americano

Voulez-vous un café expresso ou un café allongé?/ Do you want an espresso or an Americano?

3. Alcoholic Beverages

3.1 Common Alcoholic Drinks

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alcoolisé(e)

Alcoholic

Les boissons alcoolisées sont interdites ici./ Alcoholic beverages are forbidden here.

32.

la bière

Beer

Cette bière locale est bonne./ This local beer is good.

33.

le vin

Wine

Cette région produit du bon vin./This region produces some good wine

34.

la liqueur

Liquor

Cette liqueur est forte./ This liquor is strong.

35.

le champagne

Champagne

Nous célébrons ta réussite avec du champagne./ We celebrate your success with champagne

36.

le whisky

Whiskey

J'ai bu du bon whisky d'Irlande./ I drank some good whiskey from Ireland.

37.

le brandy

Brandy

Avez-vous du brandy?/ Do you have some brandy?

38.

l'alcool

Alcohol

Je ne bois pas d'alcool./ I don't drink alcool.

39.

le saké

Sake

On boit du saké au Japon./ They drink sake in Japan.

3.2 Aperitifs

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40.

un apéritif

Aperitif

Prenons un apéritif./ Let's have an aperitif.

41.

le muscat

Muscato

Le muscat est un vin doux./ Muscat is a sweet wine.

42.

le porto

Port wine

J'ai bu du porto avant le plat principal./ I drank some port wine before the main dish.

43.

le pastis

Pastis

Je prendrai un pastis./ I'll have some pastis.

44.

le kir royal

Kir royal

On boit le kir royal comme apéritif en France./ Kir royal is drunk in France as an aperitif.

3.3 After-dinner liqueurs

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45.

le digestif

Digestif; after-dinner liqueur

Ce digestif vous fera du bien après le repas./ This digestif will make you feel better after the meal.

46.

le cognac

Cognac

J'ai acheté un cognac français./ I bought a French cognac.

47.

le campari

Campari

Le campari et le cognac sont des digestifs./ Campari and cognac are digestifs.

48. le calvados

Calvados

Nous avons bu du calvados./ We drank some Calvados.

4. Drink-Related French Expressions

4.1 What to say while raising your glasses

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49. Levez votre verre...

Raise your glass...

Levez votre verre à notre réussite!/ Raise your glass to our collective success!

50. A votre santé!

To your health!

Je bois à votre santé./ I drink to your health.

51. A la vôtre!

To your health!

A la vôtre, cher ami!/ To your health, dear friend!

52. Tchin-tchin!

Chin-chin!

On trinque? Tchin-tchin!/ Let's clink! Chin-chin!

53. Santé!

Cheers!

Buvons! Santé! Santé!/ Let's drink! Cheers! Cheers!

4.2 Being Drunk or Sober French Expressions

54. sobre

Sober

M. Calment est sobre aujourd'hui./ Mr. Calment is sober today.

55. capitaine de soirée

Designated driver

Thomas est le capitaine de soirée pour ce soir./ Tom is the designated driver for tonight.

56. ivre

Drunk

Êtes-vous ivre?/ Are you drunk?

57. soûl/saoûl

Drunk

Il est arrivé saoûl./ He showed up drunk.

58. un ivrogne

Drunkard

Cet ivrogne va causer un grave accident./ This drunkard will cause a serious accident.

59. se péter la gueule

To get drunk (informal)

On va se péter la gueule ce soir!/ We're going to get drunk tonight!

Perhaps a nice addition to this French drinks vocabulary list would be the main wine regions of France. Here they are: 

  • Alsace
  • Beaujolais
  • Bordeaux
  • Bourgogne
  • Champagne
  • Corse
  • Côtes du Rhône
  • Languedoc-Roussillon
  • Loire
  • Provence
  • Sud-Ouest

This French drink vocabulary list is by no means complete, but it should be sufficient to get you by in most situations, whether you are getting a drink at a bar, coffee shop or at a supermarket. In any case, you can always content if you feel that I've overlooked an important drink word in French. :-)


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