We’re diving into the exquisite world of cocktails, specifically the Madame Fleur, a signature cocktail of the prestigious Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.
The Madame Fleur is a relatively recent addition to the world of cocktails, created within the luxurious walls of the Fairmont. It’s a cocktail that signifies elegance and sophistication, embodying the essence of the Fairmont’s dedication to excellence. The inspiration behind this cocktail is a blend of traditional and modern mixology techniques, making it both a nod to the past and a toast to contemporary tastes.
The base of the Madame Fleur is a high-quality gin, known for its botanical notes. The gin adds a layer of complexity with hints of juniper, coriander, and citrus, forming a perfect backdrop for the other ingredients. Personally, when it comes to picking a high-quality gin I tend to lean towards Bombay Saphire, so if you’re not a gin enthusiast that’s one I definitely recommend.
Moving on to the secondart spirit of this recipe, the cognac. Cognac brings a touch of luxury and depth to the cocktail. Its rich, fruity, and slightly spicy notes provide a warm contrast to the crispness of the gin. The two spirits are completely different in every way, but in this case they surprisingly balance each other out well! A unique twist to the traditional cocktail recipe, chamomile syrup introduces a sweet, floral essence. It softens the robust flavors of gin and cognac, adding a soothing, honey-like quality.
Similar to most cocktail recipes, lemon juice is key to balancing the sweetness of the syrup. Its zesty character cuts through, bringing a refreshing brightness to the cocktail. And while this may seem to sum up this Madame Fleur, we still have one more ingredient to dive into.
After all these elements are shaken together and strained into a coupe glass, we bring in the champagne. Yes, more booze! Topping off the cocktail with champagne elevates it to a celebratory status. The effervescence and bubbles of the champagne add a luxurious texture and help to enhance all the flavors.
Step 1: Pour gin, cognac, chamomile syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker topped with ice. Shake until chilled.
Step 2: Strain the mixture into a couple glass.
Step 3: Top off the glass with some champagne. Garnish with lemon twist.
When you take the first sip of Madame Fleur, you’re greeted with the floral and herbal notes of gin, followed by the warmth and richness of cognac. The chamomile syrup weaves through the drink, providing a delicate sweetness that’s perfectly countered by the sharpness of lemon. The champagne adds a final touch of sophistication, leaving a fizzy, refreshing sensation on the palate.
Your tastes buds get to experience a variety of notes all through a single sipping experience!