At the recent Culinaria 2013 in Brussels – we (Mr Draper, M and I) had the opportunity to attend a little cocktail masterclass given by the owners of Hortense –
By a delightful young couple who are fun, hip and very passionate about what they do! Matthew is from the South of France while Romina is from Belgium – and as a dynamic duo – they started up the concept just over 4months ago!
they love what they do!
By combining traditional with contemporary – their cocktail skills (and list) are pretty extensive. In their own words – “Hortense was born from our desire to promote the work of men and women who dedicate most of their lives to the development of exceptional spirits.”
*Shaken, not stirred*
Images of smartly dressed men and women are conjured up in my mind – and that is what H Hortense does!
during the mini masterclass – the focus tuned to one of their favourite base alcohol ingredients – GIN! And created a fantastic cocktail called *Smoke & Tonic* – essentially Gin, infused with lapsong Souchon tea mixed with soda and a dripple of bitters.
it can only be described as REFRESHING and CLEAN!
Looking forward to actually visiting them at their Sablon venue soon!
address: rue des Sablons 7, 1000, Brussels, BELGIUM
telephone: +32 02 514 43 47
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday: 6pm to 12pm