Tired of the same old G&T? Want to impress with the bottle you bring to dinner, or do you just feel the need to drink something different? It’s time for some homemade original cocktails. It sounds time-consuming, but to the contrary, each drink is worth every second. With La Cave à Cocktail, a happening new boutique that opened in September 2014, cocktails have never been so cool.
A stone’s throw from the buzzing shops along Rue Montorgueil, you’ll find La Cave à Cocktail. Behind the barrel by the door and the plain, but elegant facade, you enter the world of mixology. The shop looks like a bar, and behind the counter, Maximilien Missud and Jean-François Verrière will mix you a cocktail on the spot. Gin, vodka, rum, whisky, fresh produce, and shakers: Everything is on hand for the ultimate mixing experience. The concept is an original one. Homemade and personalized cocktails are mixed for you with fresh produce and top-quality spirits. Made right in front of you and decanted into elegant, black, satin-finished glass bottles, a cocktail has never looked this good.
These two young entrepreneurs met at the Forum, France’s oldest cocktail establishment. Together, they hatched a plan to bring back the cocktail—that iconic Prohibition-era drink. In their shop they share both their experience and their preferences, and mix you something on a whim to taste. It would be rude not to.
The menu is varied and features 14 original cocktails, including two that are alcohol-free. There’s something for everyone and every taste. Basil Instinct and Louisiane No. 2 are the top sellers. The former, made with basil, fresh cucumber, fresh lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, and gin, will stir your basest instincts. Looking for a more subtle taste? Try the sharp and powerful blend of Stolichnaya vodka, vanilla liqueur, and Bols liqueur, set off by pureed Ecuadorean passion fruit, in the delicious and hot-hot-hot Porn Star cocktail. The Mojito is a popular choice, but spirits connoisseurs tend to go for the Louisiane No. 2, inspired by the cocktails of New Orleans, or the Martinez No. 3, the mother of them all. These two prestige cocktails are aged in oak bourbon barrels. One is infused with fresh wormwood leaves, and the other contains a hint of Scrappy’s lavender bitters.
You could do worse than to trot along and pick up a bottle. Allow €18 for an alcohol-free cocktail, €30 for a traditional cocktail, and €48 for a prestige cocktail. Your friends will love you for it.