Savour

The hotel bar, a highly civilised institution

Savour

The hotel bar, a highly civilised institution

Whilst bars can take many forms, contexts and qualities, there is no more revered corner of civilisation than the hotel bar. They tend to resemble private libraries or drawing rooms, where one might receive guests in the evening. They are special spaces, where travellers and locals blend, as a start to an evening or as its most harmonious end. It is where one might rest and reflect alone, mingle with like-minded people, have a tête-à-tête or simply be delighted to chat with the barman about nothing in particular. The Oleander Bar at Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, nestled in the Black Forest, captures the quintessential warmth and discretion of a hotel bar. Named after the legendary thoroughbred stallion from Baron Schlenderhan’s Stud, it is a favourite local meeting point after a trip to the races where piano music drifts through the air along with the scent of rare vintage leather. Le Bar at Le Bristol Paris, also an intimate refuge, exudes hospitable elegance with its oak parquet de Versailles floors and wood and gold-granite bar. Recalling a cabinet of curiosities, the walls present a private collection of rare spirits, vintage books, botanical prints, seashells and contemporary sculptures. In celebration of their 90th anniversary, a special version of the Old Fashioned was created and is served in its very own distinct crystal Art Deco-style highball glass. At L’Apogée Courchevel, meanwhile, the bar is alpine fresh as a modern mountainous cocoon—the perfect place to lunch on a Lobster club sandwich or spend the evening with Courchevel society with live music and DJs on deck. And, in London, The Library Bar at The Lanesborough, home to Cognacs that date back to the 1770s, captures the intimate, club-like atmosphere that one seeks in a hotel bar.

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Oleander Bar at Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa

JASMINE SIDE CAR

Jasmine Side Car

The Equipment
Three-part shaker + measuring cup + strainer + ice pick + barman’s tongs

Ingredients
- 1 spoonful of cane sugar syrup
- 1 cl of freshly squeezed lemon
- 2 cl of Cointreau
- 5 cl of VSOP Cognac infused with homemade Jasmine tea

Preparation
The preparation of the infused Cognac is done a little in advance. Pour the VSOP Cognac into a sterilised bottle. Add a sachet containing 5g of Jasmine tea. Close the bottle and heat in the bain-marie for 20 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove the tea sachet.. Keep the Cognac infused with Jasmine tea at room temperature, away from light, until ready to use. Chill the teacup beforehand for between 15 and 20 minutes in the freezer. Fill a shaker two thirds with ice and successively add the cane sugar syrup, the lemon juice, the Cointreau and the VSOP Cognac. Shake for 15 seconds, then pour, filtering the mixture through a strainer, into the chilled Japanese teacup. Place the Jasmine flowers at the foot of the glass to decorate it.

OLD FASHIONED

Old Fashioned

The Equipment
Rocks glass + bar spoon

Ingredients
- 5 cl of cognac X.O Eugénie 30 years maison Guy Lheraud
- 2,5 cl of Champagne grand cru & tabacco syrup
- 2 dashes of bob’s liquorice bitter
- 3 dashes of bob’s orange & tangerine bitter

Preparation
In a previously cooled mixing glass, preferably cooled in the freezer and filled two thirds of the way with ice, pour the champagne and tobacco syrup, liquorice bitter, mandarin-orange bitter and cognac, all with the use of a measuring cap. Stir with a mixing spoon for about thirty seconds to refresh and homogenise the mixture, then using a cocktail strainer to filter, pour the liquid into an Old fashioned glass previously cooled in the freezer. Finish by adding the decoration and then taste.

“I like bars just after they open for the evening. When the air inside is still cool and clean and everything is shiny and the barkeep is giving himself that last look in the mirror to see if his tie is straight and his hair is smooth… the first quiet drink of the evening in a quiet bar — that’s wonderful.”

– British-American novelist Raymond Chandler

The Bar at le Bristol Paris

The Bar at Le Bristol Paris