Charme de Paris Cocktail


Paris est une femme. Une femme fatale. A charming seductress who, once she has embraced you, will never let you go. She will beguile you with her cooking, her wine, her café culture. She will lure you onto her boulevards then the narrow side streets that carry you to undiscovered locales full of mystery and intrigue. She will make love to you. She may even discard you. You’ll be back, however. You will never be sated with her; your appetite only increases. 

“He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo.
Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic.
Nothing is more sublime.”
― Victor Hugo

This particular cocktail is found in the French publication Cocktails de Paris of 1929. The book is filled with original recipes created by French bartenders while the U.S. was still buried under Prohibition. The Charme de Paris cocktail won the Grand Prix d’honneur Championnot de Cocktail des Artistes de Paris (for what it’s worth). 

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Charme de Paris

¾ oz Gin

¾ oz Sweet Italian Vermouth

½ oz St. James Rum

½ oz Marie Brizard Anisette

Stir with ice until cold and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a long, elegant lemon twist.

If you don’t have Anisette, you can substitute a splash of absinthe, Pernod, or Herbsainte and 1/4 oz of simple syrup.

Drink deep. Paris awaits with open arms.

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