HENDRICK’S Gin in Paris, it’s not that hard to find


2 GrumA basic question for expats who love cocktails is where to find a good gin and tonic in Paris. Don’t think the French are adverse to this basic cocktail just because it’s not on the menu in most bars. We’re big fans of Hendrick’s gin. The gin purists will actually tell you it’s not gin because the recipe slightly differs from the original one: Hendrick’s gin includes Bulgarian rose and cucumber. But hey, it still makes an excellent gin and tonic.
You’ll be able to find Hendrick’s gin in most speciality liquor stores in Paris. The most famous liquor store in France, Nicolas, obviously carries it. But you can also find in Lavinia, the biggest wine store in Paris, located Boulevard de la Madeleine. Who said it was hard to find Hendrick’s in Paris?
For the most lazy of you, you can still get Hendrick’s gin and tonic in Paris at Le Forum (4, boulevard Malesherbes, 75008). This bar is more classy and less snobish than the Experimental Cocktail Club.

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La vraie différence d’Hendrick’s, c’est qu’en plus de l’infusion traditionnelle de genièvre, on trouve de la rose bulgare et du concombre. Trêve de blabla (certains penseraient que nous sommes corrompus),  le gin se marie parfaitement au tonic pour le plus rafraîchissant des apéros. D’autant plus que la recette est drôlement simple et même les plus feignants des barmen parviennent sans mal à réaliser le gin tonic.
Côté shopping, on trouvera l’élégante bouteille chez tous les bons cavistes (notamment chez l’ami Nicolas) pour la bagatelle de 35€. Côté bars, nous sommes peu sensibles aux endroits bondés et snobinards — hum hum l’Experimental Cocktail Club — auxquels on préfère les bars plus vieux jeu comme  Le Forum (4 boulevard Malesherbes 75008).

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