Summer is a season of gatherings: from pool parties, beach weddings and backyard BBQs to simple drinks with friends in relaxing places. With the weather on your side, who wants to be sat alone at home when you could be having all the fun with your gal pals?
In the spirit of socializing, we often find ourselves going to and throwing soirees at this time of year, but one thing we struggle with when planning a party is finding cool recipes for refreshments – especially when we have more than one event to host (we can't just repeat the same menu again, what a faux pas). Being based in the City of Light, we thought it'd be a good idea to take some inspo from our hometown and the diverse, unique personalities of Paris' 20 arrondissements.
To help us turn that ambient influence into drinkable drinks, we called up one of our favorite bars, Tiger, to create some cocktail recipes that reflect the most vibrant neighborhoods in town. If you happen to be in Paris, make sure you head to Saint Germain to soak up the tropical setting of Tiger and try out some of their vast collection of gin and brand new French and Asian-fusion menu that is the perfect addition to an evening of drinks with friends.
Here are the 5 cocktail recipes Tiger recommends for late nights in Paris – stir, shake and sip responsibly!
This mezcal-based mix starts with a fresh lemon and pineapple flavor and ends with a spicy kick from the sweet chilli flakes on top. It reminds us of the diverse area in the 10th arrondissement that feels like a mini Mexico with all its colorful, Latin American bars and restaurants.
When picnicking in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont in the North-East 19th, we always feel re-energized by the tranquil, green surroundings – but the atmosphere is still fun and lively. This cocktail matches that description perfectly, and the cucumber will certainly cool you down on a hot summer's day.
A bit of apple and celery is always a good addition to complement grilled meats at a BBQ – unfortunately, no one has a backyard in Paris. However, the 11th arrondissement has enough American grill houses to rival any Texan merry-maker, so no excuses: turn the heat up and cool yourself back down with this refreshing gin-based treat.
A classic gin and tonic can only represent the classy yet lively quarter in the 6th arrondissement – which just so happens to be where Tiger is located. While the original recipe calls for the bar's lovely homemade tonic, you can substitute it with another high-quality, premium brand. Now you are ready for an elegant midsummer soiree.
Les Fleurs du Bien
The iconic Palais Royal in the heart of the city is a top spot for an Insta-photo session, and this bright, floral, lemon-y cocktail is the picture-perfect tipple you need to attract a lot of likes. Next time you have a garden party, this recipe will be more popular than the flower arrangements.
Now you've got the menu sorted, don't forget to rock a first-class cocktail outfit to match. Here's everything you need for a chic night at Tiger:
Cover image courtesy of Tiger