According to research, you can learn a lot about someone from their smell. So, it got us curious: what if the same can be said about cocktails? Launceston Place, an intimate fine-dining restaurant set in a gorgeous 1839 Kensington townhouse have collaborated with Roja Parfums, one of the world’s most luxurious fragrance houses, to create four exclusive cocktails inspired by the recently-launched parfum-cologne collection. The four fragrances will also be available to sample with the cocktails for an interactive experience.
But will these tempting concoctions attract the attention of cocktail connoisseurs much like the parfums from which they were conceived?
Firstly, “The Elixir Spritzer”, inspired by the Elixir Pour Femme, was alluringly fragrant thanks to the heady notes of bergamot, rose and peach crēme de cassis topped with Moet & Chandon Rosé. True to the Parfum, this elixir evokes images of class and feminity. This one is for the classy ladies among us who appreciate the finer things in life.
The Parfum “Danger Pour Homme” is a musky and masculine scent just like its name suggests, conjuring up an image of a man who knows exactly what he wants, a scent for the sophisticated and settled gent. The “Danger on the Rocks” has the essence of vanilla, bergamot and cedarwood with vermouth, Italicus, vanilla vodka and mezcal topped with Moët & Chandon champagne.
“Lifted to Elysium”, inspired by Elysium Pour Homme, is our favourite. The essence of youth and mischief is what we got from this fresh cocktail thanks to the notes from the bergamot. In the cocktail, Cîroc vanilla vodka and herby Italicus are shaken with Grand Marnier and jasmine syrup. A delicious creation on par with its scent.
Finally, “All About Amber”, inspired by Enigma Aoud Pour Femme has notes of bergamot, sandalwood and musk. The non alcoholic cocktails contains Seedlip Grove 42, elderflower cordial, mint tea syrup, Angostura, lemon and gingerale. Another classy conception perhaps for those looking for something light and refreshing, much like the scent.
At Launceston Place itself, we found the low-lit settings, elegant interior design, top-class hospitality and a dapper team of waiters and mixologists oozed class and luxury. I was mightily impressed by the attention to detail and consideration into concocting these delicious libations.
Launceston Place is doing a top job in translating Roja’s ethos into cocktail form. The ethos that there is a fragrance for everyone and that scents can trigger emotions and become a part of people’s lives forever.
The scents at Launceston Place won’t linger forever. If you want to try these cocktails before the sweet smells fade, you better make your way before Sunday 16 February, the same week as Valentine’s Day. Why not make it a date?
To discover more, visit: www.launcestonplace-restaurant.co.uk
For more information on Roja Parfums, visit: rojaparfums.com
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