Cocktails with Hortense

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 –

Hortense card

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!

Hortense couple hortense couple 2

they love what they do!

Hortense cocktail making

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.”

Hortense prepping

*Shaken, not stirred*

Images of smartly dressed men and women are conjured up in my mind – and that is what H Hortense does!

Hortense table

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.

Hortense smoky gin bottle

it can only be described as REFRESHING and CLEAN!

Hortense smoky martini

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


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