Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Room Speakeasy

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Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Room Speakeasy – Montreal

Last month, Grand Marnier invited us to a sensory experience at The Cordon Rouge Room Speakeasy which took place at well-known Scarlet Exclusive Restaurant Bar in Montreal Old Port. The location was kept secret until the last minute and we needed a password to identify ourselves at the entrance. For this special occasion, the Cordon Rouge Room Speakeasy captured a true 1920s style with a dominance of vibrant red colours.

As shown in our Instagram stories, we were transported back in time by the glamour girl of jazz Allyson Briggs with her swinging band Fleur Seule while tasting several cocktails made of Grand Marnier and delightful pastries. Don’t worry, we will feature two cocktail recipes to prepare at home to impress your guests but first let us share 5 things you should know about Grand Marnier!

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Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Room – Bar

1. The composition

Grand Marnier is a unique combination of 51% of the finest Cognacs and all-natural Caribbean Orange Liqueur, producing a high quality product with an approachable taste profile. Grand Marnier has since been associated with the most famous cocktails and with gastronomy. The recipe, which has not changed since its creation in 1880 by Louis-Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle, results in a liqueur with powerful and complex aromas and flavours that are unrivalled.

2. The Aromatic Diversity

The aromatic diversity of the House of Grand Marnier cognacs is owed to the grapes which come from the 5 finest crus (growing areas) of the Cognac region’s vineyards in south-western France: Grand Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, and Bons Bois.

3. The Cellar Master

The Cellar Master ensures that the cognacs he selects are of utmost quality and he blends them with great care. After they are selected, the cognacs are aged in French oak barrels at Château de Bourg-Charente.

4. The Orange Essence

The orange essence used in Grand Marnier liqueur is composed exclusively of handpicked Citrus
Bigaradia oranges found in the Caribbean. They are harvested while their skin is still green because that is when the aromas in the peel are at their most concentrated. The peels are dried according to a natural and artisanal process before they are slowly distilled at Château de Bourg-Charente.

5. The Tasting Notes
  • Visual: Beautiful topaz colour with amber and golden tinges, brilliant and luminous.
  • Nose: Aromas of orange blossoms and candied orange peel underpinned by notes of oak, vanilla and milk caramel, hinting at the liqueur’s oak barrel ageing.
  • Palate: Flavours of bitter orange that are enhanced by the cognac, underscored by nuances of orange marmalade, candied or macerated orange, notes of hazelnut, calisson (a sweet made with ground almonds) and toffee. The finish is long lasting and harmonious.

Now that you know the five essential things about Grand Marnier, here are two easy to do cocktail recipes:  Grand Sidecar by Aaron Male and Watch Over Me by Grant Sceney.

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Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Room – Cocktail Grand Sidecar

Ingredients:

o   1.5oz Grand Marnier

o   pink lemonade tea syrup

Insctructions:

Shake and serve up in a coupe glass, garnished with a dehydrated lime wheel.

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Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Room – Cocktail Watch Over Me

Ingredients:

o   ½ oz Grand Marnier

o   ½ oz Wild Turkey

o   ½ oz lemon Juice

o   ½ dashes Bittered Sling Clingstone Peach Bitters

o   2 sosemary sprigs

o   2 oz sparkling water

Instructions:

Add 1 sprig of rosemary and all remaining ingredients to cocktail shaker (omit sparking water). Add ice and shake hard. Gently pour sparkling water in to combine then double strain into a flute glass.

For more information about products and recipes, please visit Grand Marnier website.

New Brunch Menu At La Société Montreal French Bistro

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La Société Montreal – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

With the upcoming Spring season, La Société Montreal French Bistro located in Loews Hotel Vogue welcomes you with a new brunch menu elaborated by Parisian Chef Gilles Tolen who made his debut at well-known establishment Café de la Paix in 2009.

For those who are familiar with Montreal foodie scene, Chef Gilles Tolen created two menus at Decca77 as Executive Chef and was also involved in culinary events such as Le Chop, Cuisine du Quebec and MTLàTable.

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Chef Gilles Tolen – Photo Credit: La Société Montreal

The new brunch menu offers revisited classics such as Eggs Benedict, various types of Omelet, Mimosa cocktails and more. Moreover, the menu allows you to plunge into La Société spirit with fresh Oysters, Champagne, Tartars with croûtons and lunch plates.

I particularly appreciate the fact that the menu offers healthy and varied choices. Even as a vegetarian, you will easily find something that fit your need without having to ask for special treatment. With my sweet tooth, I chose the Belgian waffles (maple syrup comes in supplement), the Mount Royal granola bowl (proud Montrealer) and the Moulin Rouge cocktail ( Paris is always on my mind).

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La Société Brunch Menu: Belgian Waffles and Moulin Rouge Cocktail

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La Société Brunch Menu: Mount Royal Granola Bowl

To make your foodie experience even better, reserve your seats with OpenTable.

La Société Montreal

1415 de la Montagne Street, Montreal

Suitsupply Montreal Store Grand Opening

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Suitsupply Montreal Store – Photo Credit: Suitsupply

Founded in 2000 by Fokke de Jong in Amsterdam, this Dutch company specialized in crafted men’s tailoring has since grown to over 80 international stores. As a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, Suitsupply is not involved in exploitation of child labour.

After Toronto, Suitsupply opens its second store in the heart of downtown Montreal. Grand Opening cocktail was held on Thursday, March 2nd with la crème of Montreal fashion bloggers and aficionado. This drink-filled evening was lively by Dj Bart Thimbles coming straight from Amsterdam for the occasion.

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Suitsupply Montréal Store – Photo Credit: Pamela Lajeunesse

Also known for its sexist photography and ad campaigns, the company is trying to improve his image by being less provocative. Let’s have a look at Beach Boys Spring/Summer 2017 collection, hot days are coming earlier this year….
Suitsupply
2152 De La Montagne Street, Montreal

Cocktail Hour The Keg

The Keg launches the first edition of Cocktail Hour and invites you to enjoy their starters menu and cocktails starting at 5$.

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When? Daily on early evening ( from 2 – 5 pm) and late night ( from 9:30/10:30 pm – close)

What? Each day, there is special discount on specific starters and a feature cocktail is offered at 5$. If you have a liking for strawberry come on Tuesday to try Strawberry Fizz cocktail made of Absolut vodka, Aperol, fresh lemon and lime juice with muddled strawberries and soda. It’s my favorite 😉 !!

Where? At the bar of all The Keg locations in Canada and USA. To find the closest place near you, visit the official website at www.kegsteakhouse.com.

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Enjoy Cocktail Hour 🙂 !!

DISCOVER Z TAPAS LOUNGE IN THE HEART OF QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES

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Located in the heart of Quartier des Spectacles, Z Tapas Lounge is the newest restaurant of Hotel Zero1. Like some others fine dining in Montréal, the restaurant offers gourmet dishes and classics menu with a list of privately imported wines. So why you should give a try? Here are 5 reasons to discover Z Tapas Lounge…

1 – The modern interior design

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2 – The drink menu designed by Mister Cocktail Patrice Plante

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3 – The delicate desserts

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4 – The tapas overflowing with Latin America flavours

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5 – The tasty vegetarian options

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Z Tapas Lounge

1165 St-Laurent Street, Montréal