26.06.2019 - 2 min

Mix it up: Introducing Le Voyage des Amants

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    Mix it up

    Discover the cocktail, master the art.

    Anyone can make a cocktail, but Oscar Blackstone takes them to another level. Indigo’s chief bartender in Cognac shares a recipe for one of his perfect summer drinks.

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    Why a bartender?

    The Frenchman is only 25 and he’s already in charge of one of coolest rooftop bars in the world, the Indigo by Martell. “I started when I was 15, I wasn’t even legally allowed to work then. But I’ve been working behind bars for 10 years now and even though I’m mainly self-taught, I’ve also learnt from the best. I’ve worked mainly in hip nightclubs in Paris such as the Silencio or The Bains. I’ve also worked at the Imperial in Tel Aviv”.

    Why cocktails?

    “One day, I was working at a nightclub called The Social Club in Paris, I discovered cocktails and I completely fell in love with them. I started seriously studying them – I spent hours reading books, searching for information on the Internet, and tasting”.

    Why the Indigo by Martell?

    “I fell in love with the bar. It really was love at first sight. I think it’s one of the most beautiful rooftop bars I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of them. I also wanted a more Zen life, away from the craziness of Paris. You have to admit, I have the greatest office in the world”.

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    Why Martell?

    “It’s great to work for a house like Martell, they let you try things. And I like the challenges. The main question for me was: how do I create a cognac-based cocktail to drink on a rooftop where it’s sometimes 35 degrees? If you want a refreshing drink, cognac doesn’t necessarily come to mind right away. I took this challenge on and I’ve created a very refreshing and thirst-quenching cocktail menu that includes 8 cocktails with alcohol, and 2 non-alcoholic drinks. Next season, I’ll reimagine it all again”.

    Why “Le Voyage des Amants” cocktail?

    “When I create a cocktail, I think about a special time in my life and then try to translate this memory into a drink.  For “Le Voyage des Amants”, I had tasted a great ice-tea on a rooftop in New York and I wanted to recreate that perfect moment. So, I imagined a cocktail based on an infusion of dried fruits with cognac. Red berries are ideal, they bring out a natural side and I didn’t want something too sweet, too caramelized. It’s a refreshing, pleasant drink, the taste lingers in your mouth thanks to the mix of red berries, cognac and lime. It’s easy to make, you can make it at home and add any tea you like”.

    I fell in love with the bar. It really was love at first sight. I think it’s one of the most beautiful rooftop bars I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of them.

    Oscar Blackstone

    Step 1: Get the right tools

    For me, the most important element in a cocktail is ice. You can’t do anything without ice. It needs to be cubic and dense. The more ice in a glass, the better it’ll be. The colder the liquid, the less dilution. You also need a spoon and a cocktail tumbler. That’s it”.

    Step 2: Find the ingredients

    Hibiscus Tea

    Rooibos Tea

    Dried strawberries, raspberries and blackberries

    4cl of Martell VSOP aged in Red Barrels

    1cl of freshly squeezed lime

    1cl of sugar syrup

     

    Step 3: Follow the recipe

    Make the ice-tea by mixing 15 grams of Hibiscus and Rooibos tea and the dried fruits in a liter of water

    Leave in a fridge for 24 hours

    Pour the cognac, homemade ice-tea, lime juice and sugar syrup into a tumbler

    Stir three times with a spoon

    Fill with ice right to the brim of the glass

    Decorate with an edible pansy or a slice of lemon

    Enjoy! And refrain from using a straw!

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