Champagne and cocktails
This spring, the House of Canard-Duchêne and French mixologist Jennifer Le Nechet are combining their respective expertise to offer a unique tasting experience through mixology.
Jennifer Le Nechet, voted best barmaid on the world in 2016 at the famous Diageo World Class competition, is a talented young mixologist who has her own bar, called Le Mino, in the heart of the 20th arrondissement of Paris. This eclectic place with its colourful decoration, plants and vibrant atmosphere is the flagship of an original and contemporary mixology. Also a Mediterranean restaurant, the sharing platters take you on a journey through Italy, Turkey, Spain and Greece.
Between the values of sharing and the spirit of escapism, an association between the House and the mixologist became the obvious choice. Jennifer has created two cocktail recipes based on Canard-Duchêne champagnes. She explains here, in a few lines, her choices and inspirations:
“I really wanted to keep Canard-Duchêne champagne as the central element of the cocktails (1/3 of the recipes), it was important for me to really celebrate the champagne without distorting it. The basics of both recipes are essentially made up of champagne and a few centilitres of fruit liqueurs in order to bring out the aromas of each cuvée.
The first cocktail, Liberty Brut, is understated and elegant just like the Léonie Brut cuvée. I chose to use Saint Germain liqueur, a French elderflower liqueur that is quite sweet and floral with a lychee flavour finish. It brings out the fresh and slightly toasted aromas of this refined cuvée. Lemon adds freshness while rich aromatic smoked thyme honey makes for something truly special. I really like the rustic and chic spirit of this cocktail!
For the second recipe, Lady Léonie, I thought of Pimm’s, an English gin-based liqueur with a somewhat herbaceous taste. This liqueur is an ideal partner for the Léonie Rosé: the bitterness of the Pimm’s really brings out the champagne’s red fruit and spicy notes. I added lemon juice for a touch of acidity and ginger for spiciness. It’s a delicious and thirst-quenching cocktail, ideal for sunny terraces.”
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