As the festive season approaches, the time-honored French vermouth, Noilly Prat, partners with the ingenious cocktail creator Paul Morel to offer a delightful blend of tradition and innovation. This unique collaboration is set to redefine your holiday celebrations with an array of sumptuous cocktails that pair perfectly with the season’s indulgences.
The Essence of Noilly Prat
Noilly Prat Original Dry
Noilly Prat Original Dry (18% vol) is a testament to a centuries-old tradition. Crafted with 20 different herbs and spices sourced globally, including Moroccan coriander, Tunisian bitter oranges, and elderflower, this dry vermouth is a culinary journey in a glass. It’s particularly sublime with seafood, such as oysters, enhancing their natural flavors.
Noilly Prat Ambré
Noilly Prat Ambré (16% vol), with its blend of 13 herbs and spices like Moroccan coriander, Indian cardamom, and Sri Lankan cinnamon, offers a richer, more robust profile. It’s a standalone aperitif that also pairs excellently with hearty starters or a cheese platter.
The Artistry of Paul Morel
Paul Morel, a maestro of mixology, grew up in Zeeland (NL), surrounded by the sea and its bounties. His journey from the Auberge des Moules in Philippine to the renowned Pure C of Sergio Herman in Cadzand has shaped his unique perspective on beverages. Now leading his Atelier Paul Morel in Antwerp, he combines his deep understanding of seafood with his passion for innovative beverages.
Signature Cocktails by Paul Morel:
Noilly Prat Original Dry Creations
-18°C Dry Martini Cocktail: A mix of Sipsmith gin, Noilly Prat Original Dry, and optionally, Niida Honke Ginjo Sake. This concoction, when bottled and frozen at -18°C for 12 hours, makes for a chillingly crisp martini, served with a touch of olive oil and fresh oysters.
Citrus Spritz: Combining Limoncello di Capri with Noilly Prat Original Dry, this refreshing spritz is enhanced with lemon or yuzu juice and topped with Nicolas Feuillatte Grande Réserve Brut Champagne, garnished with citrus elements for a vibrant finish.
Noilly Prat Ambré Highlight
Gin Fizz: Roku gin and Noilly Prat Ambré are blended with Belvoir elderflower cordial and fresh lemon juice. This mixture, when refrigerated and then mixed with tonic, soda, and egg white, creates a frothy, tantalizing cocktail.
An Ode to Oysters
Paul Morel’s unique Granité Gin Sour is a frozen twist to the Gin Fizz, specifically designed to accompany oysters. Serve it with a drizzle of dragon oil and a fig leaf for an extraordinary seafood experience.
This collaboration between Noilly Prat and Paul Morel is not just about cocktails; it’s a celebration of heritage, innovation, and the art of the aperitif. As we embrace the holiday season, these creations offer a delightful journey through flavors, perfect for any festive occasion. Enjoy these timeless yet innovative pairings and let the spirit of Noilly Prat and the creativity of Paul Morel add a touch of elegance to your celebrations.