I have a fantasy party. Two variations. One revolves around pairings of scent and beverage. The other, presentations of "flights" of scent along the lines of the increasingly popular flights of (champagne/scotch/wine/beer) available at certain establishments. Today, variation #1.
Let's run this as a game. I'll go first.
I met a delightful liqueur last winter. St. Germain. Made from elderflowers, but I spent a number of weeks thinking of it as a violet based beverage. Maybe because I had recently been reading about violet liqueurs (not that there are many in that realm); maybe because when I first tested Apres L'Ondee, I was reminded of when I tried St. Germain. Now, is that because they smelled alike? Because I was so happy-surprised when I first encountered each? Because each made me wistful-happy?*
I don't know. This needs research. Party #1.
But there should be other pairings available. I'm thinking there are certain ambers that will go well with a good scotch. Maybe a Midori concoction to accompany Un Jardin Apres le Mousson--but I've been too afraid of losing my, erm, composure over the melon in that one to have given it a go yet.
Black Cashmere with ... no, need something more peat-y. Oooh, layer Black Cashmere with Black March; accompany with a shot of Jameson's?
My kids, when allowed to indulge in soda pop at a fountain, like to concoct what they call a "suicide," which is essentially a blend of everything dispensed at that fountain. However, there are certain combinations that they say are guaranteed winners, and they particularly like root beer with orange (heavier on the root beer). What is the spritzer to accompany that?
I'd like to compile a list. Beverages can be hot or cold, alcoholic or non. Thoughts?
*BTW, St. Germain is lighter than the heavy sweet violets on one end of the perfume spectrum, and not as earthy as the other. There is some dark sugar lurking...maybe it's a Chanel with a Guerlain uncle?