January 01, 2009

This web-exclusive article accompanied Hot Ideas by Jennifer Nicole Dienst (M&C, January 2009). 

Chefs and mixologists at the May Fair Bar at the five-star May Fair Hotel in London recently debuted a line of tapas-and-drink trios inspired by European destinations (see this month's Hot Ideas). Here are some more artfully shot photographs of the lavish libations; for more information, visit themayfairhotel.co.uk.

martinisMartini Flight
About $37 each, in Amsterdam, London and Milan versions
The Amsterdam seeks to invigorate the senses with a Beefeater gin martini mixed with fennel, licorice and sugar and paired with a fennel salad topped with a poached quail egg.
The London version combines Stoli Strasberi with double cream, 21-year-old balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and sugar. The sweet flavors are carried over with the strawberry compote atop smoked duck.

A Milan-inspired martini
combines Grey Goose Vodka L'Orange with bright citrus flavors like grapefruit and blood orange, completed with a touch of olive oil and Campari. A pink grapefruit macaroon and basil citrus sorbet make for a sweet landing.


champagneChampagne Flight
about $50 each

The Amarillo: Amaretto, Grey Goose La Poire, Hennessy XO, maraschino cherry liquor, apple juice and pear purée topped with champagne accompanies a hot pear tart.

The Opium: A pomegranate and champagne concoction is paired with pomegranate jelly, a golden raisin puree and champagne granite.

The Schiaparelli: A watermelon and champagne cocktail accompanies watermelon with haloumi fritters and fresh black olive powder.