The guests – bar professionals, wine merchants and journalists – were invited to a day of festivities in the magnificent Cour du Marais, decked out in revolutionary finery for the occasion. The decorations by Philippe Model included sumptuous red, white and blue curtains, candelabra in the banqueting hall, period games (who played Toad in the Hole?) and even a copper lobster!
The wonderful food by Traiteur du Marais – crusted lamb and fried pineapple with Bourbon vanilla plus a whole assortment of savoury and sweet canapés –was accompanied by a variety of colourful concoctions.
Only the best would do for such libations, so the staff from Candelaria came up with six Citadelle-based cocktails. After sampling a “Yorkshire Bloody Mary” or “Cigale et Fourmi” over brunch, variations on a gin & tonic theme aroused the curiosity of gin-lovers during an afternoon of games and tastings of different vintages of Citadelle Reserve.
The revolutionary revels concluded in the candlelit vaulted cellars of the Cour du Marais, where the Candelaria staff offered two elixirs made with Citadelle Reserve. The perfect host, Citadelle Gin led our guests through an experience rich in tastes and flavours. A thoroughly enjoyable revolution indeed!