Five of the UK’s top bartenders have created cocktails for a pop-up “members club” run by Rémy Martin cognac.
La Maison Rémy Martin opens today (November 25) and runs until December 6, taking over all four floors of design gallery 19 Greek Street in Soho, London.
On the first floor, the VSOP Bar & Lounge features Rémy Martin cocktails created by bartenders from five different bars in London.
From Ago Perrone of the Connaught Bar at the Connaught hotel is the elegant Fleurissimo, made with Rémy Martin VSOP, Peychaud’s Bitters and crème de violette, topped with champagne – originally inspired by Hollywood star and princess Grace Kelly.
Alex Kratena from Artesian bar at London’s Langham hotel has created a vibrant cocktail called Consequences, made with Rémy Martin VSOP, sherry, aquavit, citrus and cedar wood.
From Erik Lorincz at The Savoy’s American Bar is La Charente, combining Rémy Martin VSOP with Cocchi Barolo Chinato aperitif, creole bitters, genmaicha tea syrup and Suze liqueur.
Alastair Burgess and the team from Happiness Forgets in Hoxton have come up with the tall and refreshing Baptiste, mixing Rémy Martin VSOP with Breton cider, lemon juice, maple syrup and orange.
Ladislav Piljar from the Red Bar at Bam-Bou in Fitzrovia devised the Pierrette, with Rémy Martin VSOP, Cointreau and Yellow Chartreuse. There is also the non-alcoholic Autumn Melody, made with spiced pear, jasmin, lemon and ginger ale.
On the second floor of the club is the “Cognathèque” where members can sample and buy Rémy Martin cognacs, including special editions and a range of historical bottles. It will also be used for master classes on the cognac range hosted by brand ambassadors.
In L’Atelier Rémy Martin on the third floor, Rémy Martin has collaborated with selected lifestyle brands to offer creative workshops. In line with 19 Greek Street, which was set up as a space for experimentation and advancement in design, this floor displays selected pieces of Rémy Martin’s latest Futur Heritage project in collaboration with ECAL, the Swiss university of art and design.
It offers a display of ideas from graduate masters students who explored the theme of mixology and created unique, forward-looking interpretations of modern cognac consumption.
The fourth floor features the Rémy Martin XO lounge (pictured), a bar where guests can try Rémy Martin XO serves. These include a classic Sidecar and a twist on an Old Fashioned, combining Rémy Martin XO with house bitters, figs, hazelnut and orange.
Other Rémy Martin XO serves include the Midas Touch, mixing the cognac with Lillet Blanc, jasmine and Cointreau Noir – the new variant of Cointreau made with cognac, almonds and walnuts. Le Centaure cocktail combines Rémy Martin XO with sweet vermouth, Campari, redcurrant, vanilla and clementine.
La Maison Rémy Martin will be accessible for members only who will be personally invited. A competition was run for 100 members of the public to win membership. More at www.lamaison.remymartin.com.