MARTINIS: Practice makes Perfect!

Posted on April 3rd, 2009 by .

Saturday. 6 pm. I just discovered the most amazing place for martinis in Montreal!!!
Three words: Ateliers et Saveurs! This is a place where you can learn to make cocktails from a professional mixologist and then drink it all!
If you go on the Ateliers et Saveurs website, you’ll find an agenda full of amazing activities to chose from. I myself registered for the Spring Martini session. On the menu: raspberry mint, pink cucumber and honey basil martinis. Can you say YUMMY?
For about an hour, I carefully watched Fanny, the passionate and creative mixologist from Paris who knows every single thing about every single alcohol. She taught me how to create drinks made from heaven. My life is no longer the same.
Step by step, I followed her with great attention as I created my very own martinis. I also got to munch on three tapas plates that are carefully created by the chef in the room next door. (That’s because Ateliers et Saveurs also offers cooking and wine training, which unfold in the stunning adjacent kitchen and dining room.)
Make sure you call to reserve your workshop, especially if you’re a big group. I already booked another session on April 16th for my sister’s birthday. (I know. Great gift!) 
Finally, since my mother taught me well, I thought I would share the goodies by letting you in on one of Fanny’s secrets, aka. my favourite martini ever!
1 oz. vodka
¾ oz. honey
1 oz. grapefruit juice
2 basil leaves (cut in four)
Juice of ½ lemon
Place the basil leaves at the bottom of the shaker
Add the vodka, honey and lemon juice
Delicately mash the leaves with a pestle (not too much)
Add the grapefruit juice
Shake (on ice)
Strain into a chilled martini glass
Take a basil leave and pass it around the rim of the glass (this makes every sip smell like heaven)
Ateliers et Saveurs
444 Saint-Francois-Xavier Street
Old Montreal
(514) 849-2866
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