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Marlene Dietrich, Tilda Swinton, Françoise Sagan… The cocktails of legends

 

Celebrities inspire Parisian mixologists whose cocktails recount the most glorious of tales.

© Amy Murrell

 

Tilda Swinton at Hôtel

 

In the rue des Beaux-Arts, the inimitable Hôtel, an eternal favourite with artists from Oscar Wilde, who died there a ruined man, to Mistinguett - two figures with suites named after them - has also been Tilda Swinton's go-to Parisian address for the last ten years.  On the menu in the ultra-hushed rooms of a bar swathed in velvet drapes - the work of Jacques Garcia - the actress has signed one of the house cocktails concocted with barman Laurent Belay. A masterful blend of champagne, violet and lime christened "The Usual", in reference to Tilda's loyal frequentation of her Hôtel.

 

13, rue des Beaux-Arts, Paris 6th. Tel. : 01 44 41 99 00.

 

Françoise Sagan at the Mathis

 

A former bolt hole for dangerous liaisons, the Hôtel Mathis - unearthed by Françoise Sagan in the mid-90s and transformed into a legendary venue by the now departed Gérald Nanty - almost disappeared forever until Jean-Philippe Cartier (H8 Collection) and the team behind the Experimental Cocktail Group decided to take things in hand and give it a new lease of life. Retaining the red velvets of the bar area, the Mathis still attracts night owls and celebrities, and in tribute to its godmother Françoise Sagan, a cocktail with the brilliant name “Bonjour Ivresse”, where chords of Armagnac, Lillet blanc, Campari and a Nigori Umeshu liqueur - made from Japanese plum - come together in an explosion of flavour that lingers on the tongue.

 

3, rue de Ponthieu, 8th. Tel. : 01 42 25 73 01.

 

 

Marlene Dietrich at the Alcazar

 

Under the direction of decorator Laura Gonzalez the brand new décor at the Alcazar in Saint Germain divides it into brasserie downstairs and cocktail bar upstairs with an abundance of vegetation. With Patrick Vidal's disco sets, the Balcon (formerly known as the Mezzanine) and the wild diners of the club night Privé (twice a month) initiated by party people Madame Klaude, pays tribute to the cabarets of before, inviting artists, musicians and lyrical singers in for the night and dedicating one of their cocktails to a former regular, Marlene Dietrich. An inspired tribute recipe based on vodka, Lillet blanc and honey syrup, that's become a firm favourite at the institution.

 

62, rue Mazarine, 6th. Tel. : 01 53 10 19 99.

 

 

By Alexis Chenu

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