Weekend Pairing

“The Paris Hours”
+ a Gibson Cocktail

The Paris Hours by Alex George The Paris Hours by Alex George

One of May’s most talked about book releases, The Paris Hours, takes place over the course of a single day in 1927. Paris between the wars was teeming with creatives and this vivid story is told through the experiences of four distinct characters—a journalist, a maid, a refugee and a struggling artist—each searching for something they've lost.

The story weaves together fictional characters with such historical figures as Ernest Hemingway, Marcel Proust and Gertrude Stein. Exploring the effects and events of World War I, each unique individual goes about their daily life within the magnificence of Paris, eventually crossing paths in the book's climactic end. It makes for a nice escape from our current reality (especially with a cocktail in hand).

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The Parisian setting got me thinking about Bar Hemingway at The Ritz. The man himself was a lover of martinis and often took his garnished with Spanish cocktail onions—he preferred them frozen to keep the gin as cold as possible. Liquor.com has a simple recipe for the Gibson, which they dub “the martini's savory second cousin.” Swapping in the onion for the typical briny olive adds an umami undertone to the classic cocktail. Just note that these can be eye-blurringly potent. Drink more than one and you might not be able to read the book.

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