What You Should Be Sipping On This Summer at Hotel Fouquet's Barrière
Summer in Paris. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it? Well if your travels take you there, make a pit stop at the outdoor terrace at Le Lucien Bar at Fouquet's Barrière and order the Bombay Fouquet’s cocktail.
And here's why: For the (rather expensive) price of 27 EUR ($36) for a cocktail you're also getting a taste of the true Parisian luxury lifestyle without going the distance and spending the (very expensive) price of 690 Euros ($940) for a room. And there's no time limit. We sipped on that cocktail and munched on the addictive cashews with fresh truffles for a good two hours before we decided to get up and go about our day.
But back to the fancy pants drink itself. Concocted by head bartender Stéphane Ginouvès, voted France’s Best Barman in 2011, the cocktail consists of Bombay Sapphire gin, Martini Bianco, fresh lemon juice, raspberry puree, passion fruit juice and for that French “je ne sais quoi” kick: fresh basil. It was juicy and refreshing, rosy-hued and frothy, and just screamed summer.
- 1.7 oz Bombay gin
- 0.7 oz passion fruit juice
- 0.5 oz raspberry puree
- 0.17 oz lemon juice
- 0.3 oz Martini Bianco
- 4 leaves of basil
So sip that cocktail in the Parisian sun amongst the pretty topiary-filled garden (and perhaps Quentin Tarantino, Jodie Foster or Sean Penn –- the hotel is a celeb hangout, after all), and breathe in the good life in this quiet corner off the busy Champs Elysées. You're in Paris!
[Photos: Janice Tober]