Santé! A Journey Through Paris’ Cocktail Culture

Paris Cocktails Doni Belau_CapriCestFini

Capri C’est Fini cocktail with rum and fresh tomatoes. credit: Bespoke Bar

When I was 20 years old and a junior in college, I said to my parents over the phone, “I’m going to Paris to live with my new French boyfriend for a month.” Silence. I think they were confused as to how I got this French boyfriend in NYC and then shocked that I had decided to travel to the city of light on Christmas Day for four weeks before I started my study abroad program in Madrid, Spain. Whenever I recount this story to my husband, he pleads, “DO NOT EVER tell our kids this!” Ha! Needless to say, Paris (and it’s nightlife scene) has a very special place in my heart.

Alors! The Parisian joie de vivre can once again be experienced from the comfort of my home with the new book, Paris Cocktails by Doni Belau who founded the travel website GirlsGuidetoParis.com/. Belau has compiled more than 100 recipes from leading French mixologists and hot spots in Paris, as well as given novices a great introduction into the exploding French mixology movement and general cocktail nomenclature. The book is divided up into different sections, such as the Jazz Era, wine and champagne bars, artisanal cocktails, and the best libations at five-star hotel bars.

One day, I hope to return to Paris. If I do, here are three cocktails I plan to be sipping on across the city based on Belau’s book:

Cocktail Name: The Incredible Apicius Bloody Mary, by bartender Valentin
Where: Apicius – the restaurant is within a chateau hidden in the 8th arrondissement.
Why: Fresh cherry tomatoes, cranberry juice, and a dash of white balsamic make this Bloody sound so unique I must try it!
Page: 54

CopperBay Paris Cocktails Doni Belaur

De La Bretagne cocktail. credit: Copper Bay

Cocktail Name: Iced Tea Peyi
Where: Maria Loca – a shipwrecked-themed bar that features rum cocktails
Why: This cocktail includes hibiscus water and the flower reminds me of being in the Caribbean where it flourishes.
Page: 62

Cocktail Name: Faluka
Where: Copper Bay – a nautical themed bar that opened fall 2014
Why: I’m a bit partial to this cocktail first because Faluka is a type of boat used on the Nile in Egypt and my name is Egyptian, and second because it uses the white of an egg which I LOVE in cocktails. Add some Pisco and Jellab (combo of date syrup, rose water, and roasted pine nuts) and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind concoction.
Page: 188

I highly recommend Paris Cocktails to plan your next Parisian bar crawl. And if you’re not able to get there any time soon, the book includes party theme ideas to create a soirée at home with friends.

I received the Paris Cocktails book from the author. All opinions are my own.

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