Ok, so the idea of perfume inspired cocktails may not seem overly enticing to try; after all, who wants to sip on floral based eau de parfum, but bear with us on this- you won’t be disappointed!
This autumn, Plateau, the contemporary French restaurant, will launch a truly distinctive new collection of cocktails in collaboration with Penhaligon’s Canary Wharf store, to celebrate the recent release of Penhaligon’s Portraits Collection. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Penhaligon’s – and if you are you really need to become acquainted! – It was founded in 1870 by William Penhaligon and encapsulates the English idea of a traditional heritage fragrance house with a dedication to create scented stories. Each and every creation explores facets of high perfumery, challenging the traditions of the art and seeking new ways to interpret elegance. Truly English, Penhaligon’s is passionate about ingredients and still manufactures its scents in England using the finest rare ingredients.
Inspired by the British aristocracy of the Victorian period, the Penhaligon’s Portraits Collection is a tribute to the English spirit; between establishment, humour and provocation. The fragrances include, The Tragedy of Lord George; The Revenge of Lady Blanche; Much Ado About The Duke; and The Coveted Duchess Rose, with the distinct personality of each character reflected in the qualities of the scent.
So how do the cocktails fit in we hear you cry?! Well the cocktails at Plateau have been inspired by each of these perfumes, combining the worlds of scent and flavour to create a cocktail collection that mirrors these characters of the British aristocracy.
The Tragedy of Lord George is described as masculine and elegant, with a woody, ambery fougere and notes of brandy, shaving soap, and tonka bean. This distinctive character is reflected in the Lord George cocktail, combining Atlantico Rum, Chilli Truffle Tea, and Lapponica Lingonberry Liqueur.
Meanwhile, the desirous and seductive character of The Coveted Duchess Rose has a delicate and woody scent, with notes of mandarin, rose, and musky wood that are reflected in the Duchess Rose cocktail with Ketel One Vodka, La Diabada Pisco, Rose Syrup, and Peychaud Bitters.
Priced at £12, the four new cocktails will be available from Plateau’s elegant bar from 3 October to 30 November. Each will be served with a sample of the fragrance in addition to the cocktail.
4th Floor Canada Place
London E14 5ER
Phone: 020 7715 7100
For more information about Penhaligon’s please visit www.penhaligons.com