Registration is now open for the Meridien’s new Mixology class, which starts September 19.
Set in the sea-front hotel with a private beach in the background, the cocktail course is the initiative of Yohann Loustaud, head bartender of the hotel’s bar, Longitude 7° 26’.
“We want to transform our hotel bar into Monaco’s trendiest cocktail bar,” Yohann told Monaco Life. “In the US, when you want to have a good cocktail, you go to a hotel, like in the movies. But in France, you never think about a hotel bar to have a drink … and we want to change that.”
The Mixology course follows four keys steps: Learning, mixing, decorating, tasting. Yohann will explain the cocktail ingredients, where they’re from, and how to pair with a spice or aromatic plant. Then, the fun part: crushing ice in a giant shaker and adding syrup, liquor or anything else required. Afterwards, there’s advice on how to decorate a drink with fruit or flowers before the final (and best) part: tasting your hard work.
The bar’s top-end ingredients help to make exclusive creations, such as “Absolutely Crushed” – with spicy Sailor Jerry rum, Amaretto liquor and a fusion of violet and frozen pear juice – or “Into the Woods”, a woody blend of chanterelle-infused rye whiskey, maple syrup, chocolate chip and blackberries.
Until December, the Merdien travel-themed cocktail classes run every second Tuesday, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm: Eastern Europe (September 19), South America (October 3 and 17), the West Indies (November 7 and 21) and Japan (December 12).
The easiest way to travel the world in 90 minutes is now right in Monaco.
The Meridien’s Mixology/Cocktails classes (€38) start September 19. Call +377 9315 7888 to reserve or for more information on their wine (€55) or cooking (€98) courses.