Cocktail Hour: The Elegant Cocktail Recipe

March 1, 2013
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For tonight’s Cocktail Hour, I’m presenting the Elegant cocktail recipe.  I’ve selected this drink from a new cocktail book that M. Bonbon purchased for me at Christmas – The Cocktails of the Ritz Paris, by Colin Peter Field.  Colin Peter Field was head bartender at the Ritz Paris in Bar Hemingway in the nineties. His book is a fascinating read into the life of a passionate bartender. Colin’s book not only presents elegant classic cocktail recipes, but also the stories behind them, the psychology of mixing drinks and how to prepare them.  Oh and have you ever heard of a cigar cocktail? No?…me either, but thanks to this interesting little book, I now know the importance of the cigar and it’s complementing cocktail. Surely important information for any domestic goddess he he.

So on to the recipe. This Elegant cocktail was created by Frank Meier in the Cambon Bar, 1933.  You could liken this drink to a dry martini with the addition of Grand Marnier – which was a liqueur often used in the Ritz Paris.

Cocktail: The Elegant

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  • 45mls gin
  • 15mls vermouth
  • 10mls Grand Marnier
  • Cocktail glass (90mls)


Pour the ingredients directly into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir well, strain and pour into the glass.

Note: The recipe calls for no ice, but I like a certain chill to take the edge off.

If you are in Paris, or planning to visit, I should tell you that the Ritz Paris is currently closed for a major restoration project.  It’s scheduled to re-open in 2014.  (I’m adding to my travel wishlist).  You can read about the historic Ritz Paris on their website [HERE]. There are some beautiful old paintings and photographs from it’s earlier life.

If you’re interested in purchasing The Cocktails of the Ritz Paris by Colin Peter Field, then you can buy online at Amazon [HERE].

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