La Belle Otero @ Maison Souquet

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Shorter days and the crisp autumn air naturally make us want to cozy up somewhere warm and inviting. The downright sexy Maison Souquet beckons. A former bordello during the Belle Epoque era, Maison Souquet has been transformed into a lush boutique hotel in trendy SoPi (aka South Pigalle). Its discreet salon is all red velvet and rich wood, complete with a hidden bar, luxe library and a huge fireplace.

Sink into a settee by the fire and ward off the chill with La Belle Otero cocktail. The drink is sweet and strong with a hint of bitters — like its namesake, the Folies Bergère star and famed courtesan to princes and kings.

For those who prefer cocooning chez elles, La Belle Otero, with its homemade chocolate and fig liqueur is a lovely recipe for cool fall evenings. La Maison Souquet shares it exclusively with LES LOLOS.

LA BELLE OTERO @ MAISON SOUQUET

Serving Size: One cocktail

LA BELLE OTERO @ MAISON SOUQUET

Ingredients

  • 2cl Homemade chocolate and fig liqueur*
  • 2cl Amergo Chuncho bitters
  • 4cl Zacapa 23 rhum
  • 4cl Martini Gran Lusso

Instructions

  1. Shake all ingredients with ice
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  3. Garnish with half of a dried fig and thyme
  4. For the fig liqueur: They make these themselves but you can use commercially available chocolate and fig liqueurs instead. In Paris, you will find a selection at Maison du Whisky.

Address

Maison Souquet

10, rue de Bruxelles, 75009

http://leslolos.com/belle-otero-maison-souquet/

LES LOLOS Tip: If you want to truly indulge, stay as a guest of the hotel for private access to the subterranean swimming pool. We got a peek and it’s tantalizing.

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Forest Collins

Forest Collins is the creator of the site 52 Martinis, a guide to the best cocktail bars in Paris and founder of The Chamber, a private popup cocktail club. She’s been featured in The New York Times, Le Figaro and The Guardian.

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