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You go to Paris for the food and wine, but do you ever ask if there are French products in your cocktails? Well, under the tutelage of Soizic le Mercier, the team of the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand is promoting a whole new type of cocktail making in the City of Lights.
Soizic almost chose a career in sport, but with a whole family in hospitality, she really was destined to work exactly where she is. After twenty years behind the bar, she has seen it all and now is Bar Manager of one of the busiest hotels in Paris.
You’ll find her team at the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand creating cocktails using Dubonnet, Chartreuse and Cointreau, but never Champagne! At least, not if Soizic can help it. As a true Frenchwoman, it pains her to see the good stuff being used as a mixer.
While raising a glass to Soizic, take a gander at the incredible ballroom, built 150 years ago, that was a contemporary of Claude Debussy, Auguste Lumière, Victor Hugo and the incomparable Sarah Bernhardt.