Shanghai's Le Baron inspires Reyes' seductive cocktail

I’ve been to three other Le Baron locations (Paris, Tokyo, and New York), and I’m a big fan of Andre Saraiva’s art, so this cocktail was a lot of fun to create. This Cocktail Kingdom coupe was a necessary choice for a concoction that had to be sexy: The cuts in the glass look like seams that run along the back of a women’s stockings, evoking the style and revelry that can only happen at Le Baron. The Hennessy base represents the sensuality of the atmosphere, while the black cherry and grapefruit juices give the cocktail its deep, seductive red color and luscious, fruity bite. Bitters add a touch of spice, and the champagne bubbles top it off with an animated mouthfeel.

1 1/4 oz.         Hennessy Privilège

1/2 oz.           ruby red grapefruit juice

1/2 oz.           black cherry juice

2 dashes     Angostura bitters

                     Moêt & Chandon Champagne

Add all ingredients except Champagne into shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain into a chilled coupe. Top with Champagne.

Tomas Delos Reyes is a mixologist and partner of the gastropub Jeepney in New York’s East Village.

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