I can now add creating my very own cocktail in Paris to the list of “fun things” I’ve done in my life. Traveling to Maison Objet, the world’s premiere design industry trade show was one of the highlights of the year thus far, and making that trek with a group of industry friends put the experience over the top in the fun department. I love writing about design, travel, entertaining and food, and offering cocktail recipes is always a good thing.
This hotel is a five star experience, and the ambiance balances a traditional feel with the sleek and modern in a very luxurious package. Next to the Palais Royal Garden, the Louvre Museum and the Tuileries Gardens, the hotel is situated in one of Paris’ most toney neighborhoods. Pierre-Yves Rochon designed the hotel, and amenities boast a spa, restaurant and traditionally trained French staff.
The hotel bar at The Grand Hotel du Palais Royal is sleek and stylish with a warm and welcoming staff. 4 rue de Valois 75001 Paris. The hotel bar is cozy and you instantly feel welcome by the friendly bartenders. We were told in advance they were willing to create bespoke cocktails, and that is all we needed to hear and headed straight over there after a long day of walking the floor of the expansive Maison Objet. We yearned for a spot to sip a cocktail and discuss the day’s activities. We had no idea this was one of Paris’ most stylish hotels, and we were pleasantly surprised the bartenders were more than happy to create a specialized cocktail just for us. After much discussion about our favorite flavors and ingredients, they whipped up this bespoke drink we named Merlin’s Potion (one of the bartender’s middle name is Merlin and I hope you get the reference to the magician). It was quite magical and delicious, and tasted very French!
Ingredients for Merlin’s Potion:
add equal parts all the liquor with a generous pinch of fresh tea (no tea bag) into a metal shaker with ice, shake well until very cold then strain (because of the tea) into chilled martini glasses. Add the lemon twist at the end into the glass and serve!
Visit The Grand Hotel du Palais Royal website to learn more.