Well, for me any hour in Paris is “happy hour,” but the idea of channeling some jazz age glamour in the City of Light is an enticing proposition. Doni Belau who is the force behind the fabulous website Girls Guide To Paris has put together a compendium of some of the best craft cocktail bars in Paris as well as Paris-inspired cocktail recipes. Paris Cocktails is a beautiful glossy book, filled with images and reviews of Paris’ cocktail bars, recipes, notes about celebrations and traditions in France, and ideas for entertaining. It’s an elegant book that would make a lovely gift.
About three weeks ago we had the pleasure of attending a book signing and cocktail tasting at one of LA’s favorite French-themed restaurants, “The Little Door” in West Hollywood. The event was held out on the charming patio, and once everyone had arrived, we got right to tasting. The first up was a light and refreshing mix called “Bisous du Soleil” (Kisses of the Sun)…
Next up was one that I can’t remember the name of at the moment, but it was made with a pepper-infused gin.
It was the first time I’d had gin since a Very Bad Morning After when I was 21. And it was delicious! The canapés were very, very tasty too.
The last drink, “The Last Call” was my favorite, probably because it was whiskey based. In fact, there are only two ingredients, whiskey and hibiscus liqueur…
The whiskey is French, and the liqueur from Brooklyn. The drink was served with a hibiscus flower floating in it…
The hibiscus liqueur gave it a slightly spicy edge, and it probably would make a nice after-dinner digestif. As you can see, the tastings were small. If I’d had three full-sized cocktails le Monsieur would have had to take me out in a wheelbarrow!
We each received a copy of Paris Cocktails, which Doni signed. It was great to meet her too; we’ve exchanged emails in the past and had a nice chat about our favorite Paris experiences.
Le Monsieur kindly offered to donate his copy of the book for a blog giveaway, so without further ado, let’s get this party started!
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