Kansas City, opinion, cocktails, snark.

April 26, 2009

The Rue Cambon.

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Ladybird & I recently ordered samples of the Chanel Les Exclusifs line of perfumes and eagerly await their arrival. During one of our endless email chains, we wondered why we hadn’t come across a Coco Chanel-inspired cocktail. I’ve set out to correct this with a series of three cocktails. The Rue Cambon, the No. 5 & the (tentatively titled) Pour Monsieur. Here’s my first entry, the Rue Cambon. I’ve taken inspiration from both the perfume, 31 Rue Cambon, and the residence/workspace for which its named. At 31 Rue Cambon, Chanel maintained a boutique on the first floor, haute couture fitting rooms on the second, a residence on the third (notable for its lack of both kitchen and bedroom; she only entertained here, preferring to sleep and eat at the Ritz) and a workshop on the fourth. Her third floor apartment was known for its impeccable style and chinoiserie decor, which sent me down a Gaysian pathway ending at ginger and here you are:

Rue Cambon

  • 1.5 oz Hendricks gin
  • .5 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • .5 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • .5 oz lime juice

Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime twist or any edible flower.

This is really quite subtle and perfume-like which I enjoy. I experimented with various measurements and also with Yazi ginger vodka, and this is the recipe I enjoy the most, although I find substituting .5oz  Yazi for .5oz of the Hendricks produces a “warmer” and spicier drink that is almost as equally enjoyable.

Stay tuned for the No. 5 & the Pour Monsieur.


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  2. I have no doubt I’ll love it ! I’m definitely making them this weekend. I am looking forward to No. 5 and Pour Monsieur!

    Comment by taralasch — January 7, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

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