Speakeasies are all the rage, Don Draper is TV’s hottest commodity and the runways are filled with fashions that hearken back to an earlier time. As the world once again embraces glamour, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is reinterpreting authentic cocktail culture for a new generation. The new Classic Cocktail Menu, available at all Fairmont hotels and resorts this fall, highlights time-honoured libations as a celebration of newly restored iconic Fairmont hotels.
For over 100 years, bartenders in many of the bars and lounges at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts have helped invent, design, refine and serve drinks that can only be described as classic. These mixologists, who have been extensively trained in the art of the cocktail, are whipping up lip-smacking libations that date from colonial times right up to the present.
For a frothy taste of London’s flapper days, a White Lady in the American Bar at The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, evokes Humphrey Bogart and Elizabeth Taylor. Ms. Taylor would feel right at home at the completely restored hot spot, packed to the brim since its October 10 opening. Shanghai is a city on the rise, but savvy travellers know that it first made a splash in the 1920s and 1930s, when movie stars and tycoons hobnobbed with diplomats and celebrities in the most fashionable clubs and lounges. The iconic Jazz Bar in the historic Fairmont Peace Hotel was the place to see and be seen, and has once again been restored to its place of prominence on the Bund, where the classic Sidecar is not to be missed.
For a further taste of history, be sure to try these other Classic Cocktails: the Golden Mojito, the Perfect Manhattan, the Singapore Sling, Brandy Alexander, Classic Champagne Cocktail, Dawa Cocktail and the Bloody Caesar or Bloody Mary.
Photo: Jaime Leblanc