Paris, city of love, city of light, is a beacon of culture and good living around the world and it is just getting into cocktails in a big way. France has always been renowned for its love of wine, yet underneath the surface there has always been a love of quality cocktails and next month’s Paris Cocktail Festival is a great place to see some of the world’s leading mixologists conjure cocktail masterpieces, along with a vintage exhibition with shakers and mixers dating back to the 1880’s.
What makes the French capital special is not just a growing appreciation of cocktails; it is the Parisians’ interest in the components of any cocktail and their provenance. Former International Bartender of the year Tony Conigliaro, recently opened Le Coq, his first bar in Paris. This month, in an interview with British GQ magazine, he comments on the buzz around cocktails in Paris at the moment and that Parisian’s associate drink with food and that means experimenting with bitter flavours for aperitifs.
Like so much of southern Europe, gin based cocktails are in vogue at the moment and their dominance does crowd out other flavours. So we thought it would be fun to explore other spirit bases, especially for cocktails that are fun just on their own. The Parisian Mojito is gorgeous and the mix of sharp fruit and mint flavours provides a refreshing early evening drink that can be enjoyed at the end of the day, or as a palate-cleansing aperitif.
Glass – martini
Method – shaker
50ml Giffard Menthe-Pastille
30ml cloudy apple juice
20ml fresh lemon juice
4 fresh mint leaves
Garnish – fresh mint leaf
Fill the shaker with ice cubes. Pour in all the ingredients along with 4 fresh mint leaves. Shake until well chilled then strain into the martini glass. Garnish with fresh mint. Enjoy!