It’s chic, there are no other words to add.
When you open a bottle of Grand Marnier and smell its unmistakable orange scent, it is impossible not to want to fly to its city: Paris. When you taste it, it is even more difficult not to imagine all the things you could do with it. Some people use it for crepes, others pour it on fresh fruit, and others, like me, use it to create (alcoholic) moments of magic.“Darling, would you like to come over Saturday night for a cocktail?”, it seems to be a sentence that only a Parisian diva like Catherine Deneuve would say, but in reality, it is the sentence that will accompany me over the next two months, when the fresh air of the beautiful weather will make me want to be with friends, in good company, and spend unforgettable evenings. If you are not magicians in the kitchen, cocktails have the power to return at once all the invitations received over the season. If you have not received so many invitations, ask yourself some questions, perhaps you haven’t been so nice to others. Cocktail is not a rave party, but the perfect opportunity to show your talent as an entertainer and to open the door of your living room to the guests you have selected. To become host for a night could be really fun.
- Tip number one: practice the preparation and use high-quality products. None of your guests wants to suffer from a headache the next day.
- Tip number two: create the perfect atmosphere. This means that the lights will not be too bright; there will be lighted candles, some flowers to decorate your home and Parisian background music that stimulates conversations. As a lover of flea markets, I always proudly display a mobile radio from the 70s that I found some time ago, and I play an old vinyl LP by Edith Piaf that I bought in France. The result? A nearly flawless atmosphere that nails my guests to the couch (I don’t know if it is a good or a bad thing). If you don’t know how to do it, try to tune into Jazzradio and choose Paris Café, your home will be wrapped by harmonics, accordions and violins.
- Tip number three: always keep some grapefruit or pineapple juice ready to serve at the end of the evening. Your guests will be thankful.
Download the first recipe below and let it circulate among your friends, maybe the wheel will turn for you too… and someone will invite you next time. This cocktail is a variation of the classic Mint Julep that it’s served on a tray in the film “The Great Gatsby” (in the authentic version of Jack Clayton, 1974). Are you ready to make thinks big too? I made it with Grand Marnier of course, because I madly love its beautiful taste, which, mixed with fresh, mint, creates a drink with an irresistible flavor.
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Recipe. FOR 1 GLASS
30 ml (1 fl oz) Grand Marnier + 20 ml (0.70 fl oz) Cognac + 2 drops of Angostura bitters + half a slice of mashed orange + 2 or 3 mashed mint leaves + soda on top.
This cocktail is prepared directly in the glass. Crush the orange slice and mint leaves with a pestle, then fill the glass with crushed ice, add the drops of Angostura bitters, Grand Marnier and Cognac. Finally, add soda on top. Stir and serve. Tres chic!
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