We had the honor of being invitees to a lovely luncheon promoting Mandarine Napoléon, a liqueur born from a blend of mandarins and aged cognac. With it’s history dating back to the early 1800s and boasting roots to Napoléon Bonaparte himself, this unique blend was only introduced to the public in 1892, after Napoléon and the chemist who concocted the product had died. Since then it’s ownership has been transferred from one family to another, and has remained within the De Kuyper family more recently, with offices, distilleries, and distribution centers across Europe.Presented in a beautiful amber colored bottle with an orange peel texture embossed into the glass, Mandarine Napoléon’s palate is composed of mandarin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and hints of marmalade and liquorice. During an informative presentation from Royal Dutch Distilleries president, we enjoyed various original cocktails: “Le Commencement” (The Beginning), made with yuzu, sparkling, sage ice, “Milieu” (Middle), made with pineapple, coconut, clove, lime, and coconut ginger foam, and “Fin” (The End), made with blackberries, créme de menthe, créme de framboise, lemon, and simple syrup. Along with these delicious libations we enjoyed a spread of small plates, in the outdoor/indoor dining room of Goldies restaurant, Los Angeles. Below our photos are some featured recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
NAPOLÉON SONGBIRD Ingredients: 2 oz. Mandarine Napoléon Liqueur 1/2 oz. Freshly squeezed lemon juice 3/4 oz. Freshly squeezed orange juice Top off with ginger beer Directions: Shake first 3 ingredients with ice and fine strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Fill up with ginger beer. Garnish with an orange slice.
NAPOLÉON COMPLEX Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Mandarine Napoléon Liqueur 3/4 oz. Fernet Branca 1 oz. Fresh lemon juice Rim: Superfine baking sugar Peppermint tea Directions: Moisten Collins glass rim with lemon and dip. Rim: crush tea, run through a fine strainer. Mix with baking sugar, even parts. Shake all ingredients with ice. Double strain over ice into the rimmed Collins glass.