Start your Pigalle bar crawl off at this intimate absinthe-focused speakeasy named after a legendary New Orleans madame. This signless spot, from the team behind Little Red Door, joins Dirty Dick and Glass on the increasingly bar-lined rue Frochot. It’s an elegant space in which to explore a variety of absinthes, whether in cocktails or in a flight of three served with water or seasonal syrups. The frozen Carmen Miranda with Four Roses bourbon, strawberry cordial, and Pernod absinthe whirled together in a slushy machine was a hit. The bartenders are unpretentious and friendly, and will make you an off-list cocktail without the green fairy if you are so inclined.
-Catherine Down, January 2015
Reviews of interest
52 Martinis (2014) “Le Carmen Miranda is refreshing and well balanced. The Bourbon brings strength, and the cordial made with dried strawberries and tartaric acid (among other things) adds just the right one-two punch of sweet and sour to balance it out and leave you smacking your lips and salivating for the next sip. Finally, a touch of absinthe adds some depth. (And for those of you who keep asking why it takes so long to make a cocktail…this is the one for you…no wait time!)… I moved onto something more in line with my personal tastes with the Beefeater based Lea d’Asco, which was equally good (but less surprising given my imbibing inclinations).”
World’s Best Bars (2014) “Both décor and drinks are creative, there’s an appealing musical backdrop of swing, jazz and electronic French music and the place has a similar conviviality to… Little Red Door. Make sure you try their take on the Sazerac, the New Orleans staple – the Knock On Wood is a mix of French brandy, réserve jean de lillet, salt syrup, Peychauds bitters and, of course, a dash of absinthe.”
Paris Bouge (2014) “Un cocktail mariant chartreuse, mezcal, vermouth et fée verte lui est d’ailleurs dédié. Les plus aventureux s’offriront un « voyage vert » avec une dégustation de trois absinthes: Pernod, Vieux Pontarlier et Saint George. Bières françaises, vin (Morgon ou Muscadet bio) et champagne complètent la carte resserrée des boissons.”
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