The Beaumont hotel occupies a fine Art Deco building on a quiet garden square in London and is home to the Magritte Bar, which was recently renovated by legendary British decorator Nina Campbell and at the center of the is "Le Maître d'École" an oil painting by Belgian surrealist René Magritte. The “Moonlight” cocktail is inspired by the clarity and simplicity of the work and is a twist on a classic Martini cocktail, visually reflecting Magritte's trademark unfussiness, yet upon tasting opening up to a deeply complex flavor profile.
The base is a Belgian Gin that pays tribute to Magritte's country of origin, mixed with the surprisingly fruity flavors of Blue Curaçao, which gives it that Kate Middleton–sapphire color, and the mystic aromas of smoky Islay whisky. The subtle garnish on the base of the glass and the name of the cocktail highlight the moon as the main attraction just as it is also the center of attention in the deep blue sky of the painting. It's sure to be the drink of the summer-and not just in London.
How to mix the "Moonlight"
60 ml Copperhead gin
10 ml Blue Curaçao
1 bar spoon Laphroaig Whisky
Sugar icing Moon-shaped garnish for the bottom of the glass
Created by Justyna Moscicka, the Bar Manager at The Beaumont Hotel, London.
An exclusive first look inside the new Nina Campbell-designed Magritte Bar at The Beaumont hotel in London