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There’s something about Mary

We can feel it in the air, summer is approaching! This weekend’s weather is looking mighty fine, so on Sunday 3, November we’re launching the first of our Bloody Mary & Oyster Sundays at Le Quartier Lounge Bar! Every week we’ll be making a different variation on the classic cocktail, incorporating interesting techniques such as fat washing with bacon and biltong. Find out more about our bacon and biltong vodkas.

bloody mary and oyster sundays

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Le Creuset’75

Yesterday we launched our Le Creuset pop-up store! All browsers were treated to a complimentary cocktail, which we specially created for the occasion.
Le Creuset’75 is a twist on a classic French 75 (gin, lemon and champagne) with the addition of Earl Grey flavours.
We chatted to our consultant barman Matthew Roberts about the special drink: “The gin is frozen down to -20*C and then a couple of spoons Lady Bonin’s loose leaf Earl Grey tea is added. With this drop in temperature it allows us to only extract the gentle perfumes of the tea leaves rather than the thick, bitter tannins.
“The tannins are a quality of the finished product, with slowing the whole infusion process down it allows us to extract just the right amount of tannins to help the London Dry Gin appear dryer still but without becoming astringent.
“The gin is ‘thrown’ together with fresh lemon juice and just a touch of sugar and then lengthened with Miss Molly Bubbly, MCC. The drink is bright and fresh with the fine mousse of the wine carrying the Earl Grey perfumes to the top of the glass. Served up and garnished with lemon oils.”

Yesterday we launched our Le Creuset pop-up store! All browsers were treated to a complimentary cocktail, which we specially created for the occasion.

Le Creuset’75 is a twist on a classic French 75 (gin, lemon and champagne) with the addition of Earl Grey flavours.

Matt Roberts

We chatted to our consultant barman Matthew Roberts about the special drink: “The gin is frozen down to -20*C and then a couple of spoons Lady Bonin’s loose leaf Earl Grey tea is added. With this drop in temperature it allows us to only extract the gentle perfumes of the tea leaves rather than the thick, bitter tannins.

“The tannins are a quality of the finished product, with slowing the whole infusion process down it allows us to extract just the right amount of tannins to help the London Dry Gin appear dryer still but without becoming astringent.

“The gin is ‘thrown’ together with fresh lemon juice and just a touch of sugar and then lengthened with Miss Molly Bubbly, MCC. The drink is bright and fresh with the fine mousse of the wine carrying the Earl Grey perfumes to the top of the glass. Served up and garnished with lemon oils.”

Don't they make a fetching pair?

Don't they make a fetching pair?

Head over to our Facebook page for more images of the launch and shop.

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Create a unique cocktail at Le Quartier Lounge Bar!

Fancy yourself a mixoligist? Come up with a unique concept for cocktail incorporating local South African ingredients and you could get the chance to create it with our consultant barman and cocktail creator extraordinaire Matthew Roberts.  There’s no need for a full recipe—all you need to do is provide the idea for it in the comments below or on Facebook.

frosted  cocktail glasses

The competition includes a cocktail journey at Le Quartier Lounge Bar accompanied with a selection of delectable Bar Bites, as well as a stay-over at Delicious Hotels [for two].

Please like us on Facebook for your entry to be valid, and for extra points be a dear and share this competition too.

*Closing date 30 September 2013

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Take some inspiration from Margot Janse’s favourite cocktail, the Edible Fruit Coupe:
Dried fruit ‘Boere Kinders’ comprising apricot, cranberries, vanilla, currents, saltanas and raisins soaked for weeks in Cape Brandy and Harnepoot dessert wine. A splash of Môreson Miss Molly bubbly provides palate drying effervescence.

edible fruit coupe

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Biltong and bacon vodkas

There are exciting things happening at Le Quartier Lounge Bar! We chatted to barman extraordinaire, Matthew Roberts about his latest creations—two vodkas; one flavoured with bacon, the other biltong.

Matthew Roberts

“We use a process called ‘fat-washing’,” says Matthew. “I’ve used this technique for a while now. It was made famous by PDT in New York with their Benton’s Old Fashioned: Bacon washed Bourbon, a la ‘Old Fashioned’.

Fat-washed spirits are often used for Bloody Marys, which is what we are working towards for Le Quartier Lounge Bar. Bloody Marys are something that I absolutely go nuts for, and LQF’s Bloody Mary Menu (coming this December) is going to be HUGE!

With this in mind I contacted Neil Jewell over at Bread & Wine and explained the process we would be using—and I could tell he was quite excited too!

He put together a couple of samples for us: a smoked pig fat, which lent the vodka the salty savoury taste of pork and the smokiness of bacon. The second, beef suet reduced down with pinotage, black pepper and coriander[ for the biltong version].

These fats were then placed into vacuum bags with vodka and slow cooked to allow the fats to interact as a liquid with the alcohol extracting as much flavour as possible. And the rest…is a secret.”

Thanks Matthew!

Le Quartier Lounge Bar is open from 12h00 – 24h00, the cocktail emporium is a stylish place to meet and relax in a comfortable yet trendy space.

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Le Quartier Lounge Bar

Newly opened Le Quartier Lounge Bar offers artisanal beers, local wines and ‘food-based’ craft cocktails; using South African ingredients such as, mebos, sour figs, buchu and nettles.

matthew roberts

The new bar and lounge is unlike anything Franschhoek has ever seen. Daring to be different, executive chef, Margot Janse and general manager Linda Coltart teamed up to create a range of innovative cocktails driven by seasonal produce both sweet and savoury. The recipes have incorporated many different cooking techniques, from infusions and sous vide to blending and smoking.

Henry Rifle Martini

Additionally, expect incredible bar food, dreamed up by Margot Janse to pair with the marvellous drinks with a ‘Bar Bites’ menu featuring dishes like, Crayfish Popcorn, Wildebeest Doughnuts and Gruyere Oreos.

Open from noon to midnight, the cocktail emporium is a stylish place to meet and relax in a comfortable yet trendy space. Franschhoek is an eclectic and international area, and this bar affords the locals and visitors a place to mingle, you could be sitting next to a winemaker, doctor or chef—and the locals all have an interesting tale to tell.

The space has been created for people to linger in: soft with grey and yellow accents, rich linens and easy lines, and hanging from the ceiling are lights made from crystal decanters. The long bar stretches in a circular angle and is supported by oversized dining table legs, guests can sit here on felt pink bar stools , on the assortment of sofas and chairs, or outside on the patio.

We look forward to inviting you into our new and exciting world!

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