World’s first perfume-inspired cocktail bar

27th June, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

The Ritz-Carlton in Berlin has opened the world’s first perfume-inspired cocktail bar that encourages guests to match their drink to their scent.

Fragrances Fragrances at The Ritz-Carlton in Berlin has concocted a list of 15 cocktails inspired by famous perfumes from the likes of Armani, Jo Malone and Guerlain.

The brainchild of bar manager Arnd Heissen, on entry to the bar, guests are invited to have a whiff of 15 scents and chose the corresponding cocktail that pairs with their favourite fragrance.

The spirits used to recreate the scents, such as Tanqueray No. Ten and Zacapa 23, reside beside the perfumes in bell jars alongside the other ingredients used to make the cocktails, all of which cost €14.

The Earl Grey and Cucumber, inspired by the Jo Malone fragrance, is made with Earl Grey infused Don Julio Reposado, pink lady apple juice, jasmine tea and vanilla, honey and cucumber syrup.

Vaara meanwhile, based on the Penhaligon’s scent, blends saffron infused Zacapa 23, Bulleit Bourbon, pear purée, rose water and magnolia and tonca bean syrup.

“At Fragrances, we want our guests not only to enjoy their drinks, but to experience them,” Heissen said.

“When choosing a cocktail, they have to depend entirely on their senses, which demands courage and curiosity,” he added.

In addition to aroma, Heissen also pays close attention to presentation, housing his creations in everything from milk bottles and bird houses to wicker baskets.

“The bar doesn’t only appeal to the nose and palate but also the eye and the ear,” Heissen said.

Snacks created specifically to pair with the cocktails are also on offer at the bar, including vanilla and raspberry macaroons as a pairing for the Signorina cocktail inspired by the Salvatore Ferragamo fragrance, which features jasmine and rose infused Tanqueray No. Ten and vanilla and patchouli syrup.

Click through for a gallery of Fragrance’s top 10 perfume-inspired cocktails.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Brand Ambassador – Santa Rita Estates

Santa Rita Estates
London or Hertfordshire but with flexibility to travel, UK

Sales Executive - Wine and Spirits Awards

The Drinks Business
Central London, UK

On-Trade Channel Manager

Delegat Europe Limited (UK)
London / Midlands, GB

Trade Marketing Analyst

Delegat Europe (UK)
London, GB

Key Account Executive

Delegat Europe Limited (UK)
London / Midlands, GB

Senior National Account Manager

Bibendum PLB
London, UK

ON-TRADE Sales Executive

Roberson Wine
London, UK

OFF-TRADE Sales Executive

Roberson Wine
London, UK

Judging Week Runners

Decanter World Wine Awards
ExCel Centre, London E16, UK

Sales Administrator

Les Caves de Pyrène
Guildford, UK

Retail Commercial Executive

Laithwaite's Wine
Theale, Berkshire

Wine Buyer

Conviviality Plc
Crewe, UK

Sales Account Manager - On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
Liverpool

Sales Account Manager - On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
M3/M4 corridor

Media Sales Manager - Hong Kong

The Drinks Business Hong Kong
Hong Kong

The Global Merlot Masters 2017

Deadline : 31st March 2017

The Prosecco Masters 2017

Deadline : 10th March 2017

db Awards 2017

Deadline : 28th April 2017

The Global Organic Masters 2017

Deadline : 3rd March 2017

Click to view more

The Global Sparkling Masters

the drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Sparkling Masters

The Global Rosé Masters 2016

the drinks business is proud to announce the launch of the Global Rosé Masters 2016.

The Prosecco Masters 2016

Now in its third year, the competition will reflect the growth in popularity of this fresh and exciting sparkling wine from the picturesque regions of Veneto and Friuli.

The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2016

After the success of last year’s competition that judged over 250 wines from no less than 16 countries, the drinks business is proud to announce the third year of the Global Pinot Noir Masters

Click to view more