Rémy Martin, luxury mixology at The Connaught

Rémy Martin, luxury mixology at The Connaught

Outside The Connaught Hotel, Mayfair, London
Outside The Connaught Hotel, Mayfair, London

This Monday, 2nd November 2015 to be precise sees the return of my old love Rémy Martin to another one of my loves Soho, to be precise 19 Greek Street, an area where I started my film career and have many happy memories.

In fact though split by Regent Street the worlds of Mayfair and Soho are like a brotherly love, one maybe older and more refined and the other younger with a little more oil to burn in the midnight hour but do not be fooled they are both super stylish, can be a tad naughty, love good food and love to be surrounded by a beautiful lady or 2.

The Nibbles courtesy of The Connaught Hotel in The Champagne room
The Nibbles courtesy of The Connaught Hotel in The Champagne room

So it will come maybe as no surprise to hear that my 20’s and 30’s were spent in Soho and my 40’s have been much more Mayfair.

As we in the land of a tale or 2, particularly after several Rémy Martin’s and some fine food I have set the scene for you….

Anne-Laure Pressat, Brand Manager for Rémy Martin setting the scene
Anne-Laure Pressat, Brand Manager for Rémy Martin setting the scene

The Date – Monday 17th August 2015

The man known as The Butler has strolled through Berkeley Square and onto Mount Street to arrive at the said hour of 7 o’clock…

He was going to take part in a piece of theatre a play by the aptly name of “The Art of Mixology Experience”. It was a new play I was told with a very dapper lead actor, an Italian who was to be the star of the evening.

The Provocateur was my old friend Rémy Martin, and how suited to the role was he or possibly she, you never can tell!!

Rémy Martin Cocktails at The Connaught Hotel
Rémy Martin Cocktails at The Connaught Hotel

The Scene was the beautiful Champagne Room at The Connaught on Carlos Place in Mayfair…..

The Action – The room abuzz with anticipation, like any pre show, possibly a touch of nerves, last minute preparations, old friends saying hello and maybe one or two going “who she?”….

Michael Grenvile in The Champagne Room with the Rémy Martin at The Connaught Hotel...
Michael Grenvile in The Champagne Room with the Rémy Martin at The Connaught Hotel…

As the provocateur Rémy did his work and put smiley faces on the faces of our supporting cast the main actor was introduced …… drum roll please …. Yes the highly talented and convivial Ago Perrone, head mixologist at The Connaught was to play the role of The Italian. During his performance he would like a magician invite guests up on to his stage to pour, and chop and mix and enter into a unique performance all the while Mr Agostino Perrone would tell the audience the history of the cocktail, of ice, and tales from old, and how the cocktail developed and made its journey across the seas.

Let there be ice with Rémy Martin at The Connaught
Let there be ice with Rémy Martin at The Connaught

Meanwhile the while the Butler, maybe enjoying the perfections a little more nearly dropped a glass, luckily a supporting cast was on hand to save the day….

The recipes below were definitely part of the enjoyment of a superb evening from all concerned and I look forward to meeting my old friend the provocateur in Soho on Monday evening.
Details below are for the various cocktails we enjoyed that beautiful late August evening.

Rémy Grand Tonic
50ml Rémy Martin VSOP
10ml dry Vermouth
125ml Tonic Water
Lemon wedge

Rémy Martin Cocktails at The Connaught Hotel
Rémy Martin Cocktails at The Connaught Hotel

Welcome drink
45 ml Rémy Martin VSOP
20 ml pineapple shrub
15 ml apple juice
30 ml ginger ale
Stir and strain into the balloon glasses. Grate nutmeg and dry pineapple as garnish

Accord Royal
30 ml Rémy Martin 1738
15 ml lemon juice
10 ml sugar syrup
2 dashes ginseng essence
60ml champagne
Stir and strain in a baccarat coupe. Garnish with ice granite flavour of grapefruit and Cointreau)

I need to make spherical ice cubes ... at The Connaught Hotel
I need to make spherical ice cubes … at The Connaught Hotel

Chatham special
30 ml Rémy Martin VSOP
20 ml spicy rice milk
10 ml amaro lucano
20 ml earl grey infused port wine
Shake it and strain it in the flute baccarat coated with cocoa powder and grate tonka beans on top

NOW DO NOT LEAVE LONDON

Rémy Martin in the Champagne Room at The Connaught Hotel, Mayfair
Rémy Martin in the Champagne Room at The Connaught Hotel, Mayfair

“SON of MIXOLOGIST” will return to zizz your tastebuds and bring back that happy smile ….for a limited time only ……

La Maison Rémy Martin will re-open on 3rd November until 27th November 2015 – with a complete new design! Every night we will have an exclusive programme of events including:
The Opulence Revealed experience

· Monday to Friday
· 2 sessions: 7pm and 8.30pm (30 min / session)
· We encourage you to book now through our event booking page to ensure your place is secured
· Charged at £20 per person per session

Rémy Martin being poured at The Connaught Hotel
Rémy Martin being poured at The Connaught Hotel

Talent masterclasses

· Monday to Thursday
· 6.30pm (30 min / session)
· Members are invited to pre-book masterclasses via the Concierge concierge@remymartin.com or via our event booking page
· Talent masterclasses are complimentary for members and guests of La Maison
· Please note, reservations operate on a first come first served basis.

Important information about la Maison

· Date: 3rd- 27th November
· Address: 19 Greek Street, W1D 4DT
· Opening hours: 4pm to midnight
· Reservations with the concierge are required for entrance and table seating prior to attendance.
· You are entitled to bring up to three guests with you. If you would like to bring additional guests, you are required to make a reservation with the concierge prior to attendance.

Rémy Martin in the Champagne Room at The Connaught Hotel, London
Rémy Martin in the Champagne Room at The Connaught Hotel, London

Talent masterclass event schedule

Excellence / Mixology
6.30pm (30 min / session)
Thursday 5th November – Joe Stokoe
Monday 9th November – Baptiste Loiseau, Cellarmaster of the House of Rémy Martin
Monday 16th November – Agostino Perrone
Monday 23rd November – Agostino Perrone

Craftsmanship / Heritage and Adventure
6.30pm (30 min / session)
Tuesday 3rd November – Ollie Phillips
Tuesday 10th November – Jodie Kidd
Tuesday 17th November – Maltier Le Malletier
Tuesday 24th November – Ollie Phillips

Authenticity / Food
6.30pm (30 min / session)
Wednesday 4th November – Allen’s of Mayfair
Wednesday 11th November – Ole Hansen
Wednesday 18th November – Allen’s of Mayfair
Wednesday 25th November – Tom Parker Bowles

Creativity / Fashion
6.30pm (30 min / session)
Thursday 12th November – Oliver Spencer & Nihal
Thursday 19th November – Noel Stewart
Thursday 26th November – Pierre Corthay

Rémy Martin, Michael Grenville in the Connaught Hotel
Rémy Martin, Michael Grenville in the Connaught Hotel

Special Guest
6.30pm (30 min / session)
Friday 13th November – Gregor Muir

With best wishes,
La Maison Rémy Martin
concierge@remymartin.com

ACCESSIBILITY
La Maison has three floors of members facilities, however please be aware that access maybe limited during the busier hours and therefore we do encourage the reservation of tables for members and their guests. Please contact our Concierge to make your booking.

La Maison is hosted in a period Soho townhouse and does not contain any lifts and therefore may be difficult for our guests with a disability or any mobility impairment to access. If you have any concerns about access please inform our Concierge who will be able to provide you with more details about the venue and its facilities.

Outside at The Connaught Hotel at night
Outside at The Connaught Hotel at night
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