For those lucky enough to live in Melbourne, or be visiting between September and November, the Sofitel has gone all Dior and created some amazing cocktails in honour of the exhibition House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. Created by master mixologist Marc Dasan, each cocktail represents a signature design code, synonymous with the label.
‘Inspired by the original Miss Dior Eau De, we have created a frozen perfume bottle made entirely of ice to hold our signature Parfume cocktail. Composed of bold floral based notes, this concoction is a showstopper.’ says Marc Dasanhe. Of course, no dress was complete without a touch of fragrance.
Ingredients: Remy Martin VSOP, Tanqueray Gin, Earl Grey syrup and a dash of Pernod and grapefruit bitters. Served in a glass perfume bottle with a smoked fumed glass.
The 18th Century
Taking inspiration from French history, Dior used the 18th Century’s silhouettes, embroidered silks, architecture and gardens of Palace of Versailles to create his gowns. ‘The deep red colouring with gold accents resembles the opulence of the 18th century, whilst the fairy floss pays homage to Marie Antoinette’s most famous hairstyle, the pouffe.’ Marc Dasan.
Ingredients: Kettle One Vodka, Crème de Cassis, Crème de Mure and lime juice with white chocolate and pineapple foam. Garnished with Persian saffron fairy floss.
‘The sharp lines of the martini glass paired with the soft curve of the fig gives the cocktail a signature silhouette.’ explains Dasan. Dior himself developed a series of distinct lines that formed his look. The Zig-Zag, Tulip, Oblique, H and Y to name but a few.
Ingredients: Spiced Rum, Pedro Ximenez, Mozart Dark and garnished with fresh fig.
Christian Dior’s love of gardens and flowers stemmed from his childhood and can be found in his designs. Flowers were used as inspiration to structure his garments. As well as a motif to embellish his fabrics. ‘The frozen rose sphere acts as the standout embellishment as well as the motif for the sweet and citric flavours that are released as the rosewater ice melts into the cocktail,’ Dasan.
Ingredients: Grey Goose Le Citron, Lillet Blanc, Crème de Violette and Rosewater infused ice sphere with a frozen pink rose.
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Cocktails photos taken by Shellie Froidevaux (http://ironchefshellie.com/)