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How to make a Gin Basil Smash at home?

Reading, working out, and cooking… a lot of us have discovered some new skills during this lockdown. Even if your days are similar, your Apéro beverage doesn’t have to be! It’s time to try new evening saveurs and allow your mind to escape to warmer days, with this Gin Basil Smash tutorial ..

If you’re an unofficial card-carrying member of the Apéros Frenchies crew, we can safely assume you do not need a refresher on the definition of L’Apéro.

If you need a remember of what is an Apéro, it’s time to check out our dedicated  article : But Wait! What even is an ‘Apéro’…?, we explain everything about it!  Now let’s come back to our lockdown routine, where we all miss our local bars, our favorite cocktails but most of all those incredible moments we shared with our friends, colleagues or family while siping a  good fresh drink…

Feeling nostalgic now? Here we go!  But hey, that wasn’t the point, we just want keep it positive. If this lockdown showed us how to improve our cooking, DIY skills or even work out skills, we can also most probably start to learn some bartending skills isn’t it?

This is why, after asking you on Instagram, which cocktail do you miss the most,  we selected for you a special one to do at home with only few ingredients : The Gin Basil Smash!

This has got to be one of my favorite cocktails and it’s all thanks to Jörg Meyer who owns Le Lion in Hamburg. Jörg created this masterpiece back in 2008 after being inspired by the Whisky Smash. The Gin Basil Smash is basically an alternative take on the gin mojito that swaps the mint for muddled basil, but it’s definitely in a league of its own. 

What do you need?

– 50ml of Citadelle Gin

– 1 bunch basil leaves (if in doubt as to how much, go heavy on the basil)

– 20ml fresh lemon juice

– 15ml sugar syrup (optional)

– Ice cubes

Cocktail shaker (or thermos)

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1- Place basil and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker (you can also use a thermos if you don’t have any shaker)

2- Squizz 20ml of lemons

3- Gently muddle the lemon and basil “smashing” the ingredients into the shaker.

4- Add  60 ml of Citadelle gin and top up with ice

5- Shake vigorously

6-  Double strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.

7- Garnish with basil leaves and flowers

Et voilà ! Santé! Don’t hesitate to share your creation with us on Instagram @aperos_frenchies!

You can fin our video on our IGTV !

Drink responsibly. 

Where to buy some Citadelle Gin? 

In Germany: Here

In UK: Here

In France: Here

In Hollande: Here

 

Why Do French People Eat Crêpes for La Chandeleur?

You have probably seen crêpes everywhere on the internet these past few days. If you hang out with French people or live in France, you’ve heard the word ‘chandeleur” many times. Are you still, wondering what all the fuss is about? Once again, we’ve got your back! It’s time to discover some French secrets, sharing is caring as they say…

French people have a lot of traditions, including “The Apéro”, but this one is not a secret for you anymore… (if it is, you can still check out our article here!)

The French tradition La Chandeleur (Candlemas) takes place on the 2nd of February. Actually, it is considered the last cycle of the Christmas celebration. In religious tradition, Christians were only meant to clear Christ’s manger scene after la Chandeleur. Despite its religious roots, “La Chandeleur” is now somewhat of a non-secular tradition in France so everyone, no matter what their religion can partake in eating crêpes.

A superstition? 

You’d be hard-pressed to find a French person who can tell you why they eat crêpes for Chandeleur but the custom can be traced back to superstitions that date back to the Roman times. It was believed if you made crêpes, it would bring you good fortune and a good wheat harvest. But the crêpe had to be made a special way.

“He who eats crêpes for Chandeleur is sure to have money all year long”
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Qui mange des crêpes quand la Chandeleur est arrivée, est sûr d’avoir argent pendant l’année.)

“If you don’t want rotten wheat, eat crêpes during Chandeleur”
(Si point ne veut de blé charbonneux Mange des crêpes à la Chandeleur)

The tradition of flipping a crêpe while holding a gold coin

You were supposed to flip the first crêpe in a pan with your right hand while holding a gold coin (preferably a gold Louis coin) in your left hand. The gold coin was then rolled into the crêpe and placed in the master’s room on top of a cabinet until the following year.

The following year, the coin was removed from the year-old crêpe and given to the first poor person they met to ensure prosperity until the next chandeleur.  Makes me think of good karma.

Peasants also believed that by eating crêpes, they were ensuring a healthy wheat harvest for the coming year.

Today, candlelight processions and other rites no longer exist but the tradition of eating crêpes on Chandeleur remains and although extremely rare, some people still do flip the first Chandeleur crêpe holding a coin. 😉

How do you make crêpes?

 

(Makes 15 to 20 crêpes) 

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup beer (lager)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water

  • In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, and salt.
  • Make a well in the center, and pour the eggs. Whip them extending the well, to incorporate the flour gradually, and add the liquids little by little to avoid lumps.
  • Heat a pan over high heat. Let melt a knob of butter in the pan, then pour a ladleful of batter, spreading it quickly across the surface of the pan.
  • When the edges of the pancake start to brown and detach from the pan, flip the pancake to cook the other side.

Crêpes are usually eaten with different kinds of toppings such as Nutella, banana,  confiture, a sprinkling of sugar & lemons.

If you want to do it the French way,  try the Crêpe Suzette (with a sauce made of caramelized butter, sugar and orange juice, and Grand Marnier!

Also, as we love drinking red wine with cheese, we usually eat crêpes with Cider!

Bon Appétit!

Le Chocolat des français : Made in France chocolate for epicurean!

Un Bon vivant, is someone who knows how to enjoy good food, good wine and is devoted to sensual enjoyment. Truth be told, as I’m sure many of you already know), this completely defines the Apéros Frenchies team!  After seeing  this new original French brand Le Chocolat des Français in a few exclusive Parisian shops, it really aroused our curiosity and we decided to taste it ourselves and see what all the fuss was about!

 

You  can probably imagine the excitement when the doorbell rang and we discovered this beautiful & extravagant product from Le Chocolat de Français! How quickly did we taste it? Let’s keep that secret for now but believe us.. we couldn’t resist for too long! Firstly,  each product is wrapped in a bold coloured packaging designed and signed by different artists. Playing around with France’s pop culture imagery, each illustrator brings a unique touch to this brands’ assortment!

Secondly, tender milk, dark & salt, milk with salted caramel, crispy milk and dark with cocoa nibs, no doubt that we found at least one taste to please our papilles!    Verdict : we recommend le chocolat de français 100%!

After that, it you cannot resist to treat your taste buds, click here!

Established in 2014 by three friends, Le Chocolat des français manufactures in France Gourmet chocolates using natural-only ingredients; perpetuating the French tradition for chocolate craftsmanship. 100% pure cocoa butter, without any palm oil or conservatives, its recipes received many awards for their quality.

In conclusion, bravo, et longue vie au Chocolat des français! 

Pssst, looking for inspiration? Don’t hesitate to check out our other discoveries here! 

5 Must Haves for a busy traveller

Bonjour folks! Even though it doesn’t seem like it, Christmas is just around the corner. After a tough year of stress, frustration, and fear, it’s finally time for some little sparkles in our lives. As an active expat, you might feel like you often run out of  inspiration or time to spoil your love ones (or yourself). But dear, pas de panique: Apéros Frenchies decided to give you a hand this year. So look no further, these are your top 5 Must haves for a busy traveller!
 

5 must haves for busy travellers

 

 

1 – Suitcase organiser

 

Although travelling for leisure has come to a bit of a standstill, essential Business travel is still taking place! This suitcase arranger is just the last piece an active traveller would need.  Straight from your suitcase to the wardrobe (and vice versa) this portable wardrobe takes away the stress of packing and unpacking and save you a lot of time!

Price: 24,95€

 

2 – Minipresso

What is worse than starting a day without a good coffee?  We know that while traveling we can easily not have good coffee at hand.. But not anymore! With this Minipresso, you can enjoy a delicious espresso whenever, wherever. Minipresso is an espresso machine that doesn’t need batteries. It was designed for people with an active lifestyle, but its quality design and user-friendliness make it a great machine for all caffeine lovers to get their coffee kick!

Price: 59,95€



3 –  Portable electric blender 

Whether you are a work out buff or you just love a fresh, healthy juice at work, you can make all kinds of smoothies with this magic portable blender! Vegetables, fresh fruits, spices: fill up the bottle with whatever you llike, turn it on and enjoy!

Price : 29,95€

 

4 – Foot Massager

 

After a hard day’s work, can you think of anything better than a good foot massage to unwind? Now, instead of having to bribe your loved ones, this foot massager can knead, roll, and even apply air pressure. There’s sure to be a few green-eyed monsters. Hop on the good foot and do the… good thing! 

Price: 129,95€

 5 – Bala Bangles Wearable Weight

Have you spent your time working from your home office, eating chocolate and heavy winter food,is this making you feel guilty? Add a constant but comfortable resistance to your workout with the one pound Bala Bangles wrist and ankle weights, helping to burn fat and build muscle. For yoga, running, aerobics, pilates, walking, traveling, home workouts, core training. You name it! Bala Bangles are made of the highest quality fitness materials and come in a range of colours! Allez, 3, 2, 1.. C’est parti!

Price 59,95€

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That’s it for our  5 must haves  but find out more ideas on the website L’Avant Gardiste !

Since we are on the topic of travel, perhaps you need to plan a trip somewhere in Europe? Either for business or to return home for Christmas? Why not check out our partner Trainline! Make sure to check out this platform and save time and money! 🙂

Perhaps, if you have not seen our website yet, feel to have a look at our latest articles and recommendations! 😉

 

 

Our top spots for summer in Paris

Apéros Frenchies events are up and running in Paris, and we are very excited, to say the least! There’s still a few months of summer sunshine to go, so have a look at where we’ve been partying, and we hope to see you there next time. Whether you prefer courtyards, terraces, or even boat parties.. we’ve selected only the best for you. So here it is, our top summer spots in Paris!

Off En Seine

86 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, France

We wouldn’t do summer without a boat party and we are glad to have Off en Seine on our list! The infinity pool and immense views over the river Seine gave this year’s boat party a special edge. Moored at the foot of Austerlitz station, Off en Seine is Paris’ first hotel and bar that is located directly on the water.
There was a DJ Set, awesome people, and special cocktails by Citadelle and Sense of Spirits, served just for you. What a great place to party!

Check out  the pictures on Instagram!

We will be back at Off en Seine soon! Stay tuned!

If you prefer to go solo, and enjoy a quiet atmosphere,   the restaurant offers some tapas & really good cocktails every day from 5:00 pm! 

 

 

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Flow le Roof

4 Port des Invalides, 75007 Paris, France

Who doesn’t love a rooftop party whilst the sun sets over Paris? This trendy location is the perfect place for our Apéros Frenchies’ events. Tell a friend to tell a friend, it’s going to be amazing, and we are looking forward to seeing you there next time!

Thought about trying a new cocktail? We’ve got your back, just check out this post: Our top refreshing cocktails for summer!

If you cannot make it for our Afterwork, have a look while it is still sunny and warm! Flow le Roof is open everyday from Monday to Friday (5:00pm – 02:00am) and Friday- Sunday (03:00pm- 02:00am). And Le Quai is open everyday (09:00am to 02:00 am). 

 

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Kube Hotel

1 Passage Ruelle, 75018 Paris

Fancy a city escape to the jungle? Just a few steps away from Canal St Martin, this 4 star hotel offers an enjoyable evening with new and old friends, whilst surrounded by nature’s greenery. If you weren’t able to join us, you can always stop by as it’s one of our top locations in Paris, and have a drink (or two?)

Kube

Keep an eye on our events page, and we’ll see you next time!

Our Top Refreshing Cocktails for Summer!

We often mention cocktails and we’ve tasted a few ourselves! So we’ve put together some tips on the top cocktails for you to taste this summer.

 

Drink responsibly. You must be of legal drinking and buying age to read this article.

 


1 – Citadelle Gin

Do we still need to introduce you to this French Gin Brand from Maison Ferrand?

Simply garnish with a fresh lemon peel and voilà, you’re set. The size and shape of the peel, straight or twisted, large or small, does not matter as long as it’s fresh. Just mix Citadelle and a high quality tonic water, and you’ll have crafted the perfect drink in no time.

Once served, it emanates herbaceous notes of juniper and anise. Then, the spicy cinnamon side softens the nose, bringing a very gourmand dimension to the gin.



2 – Sense of Spirits – Cognac

Firstly, we introduced you to this new brand, during lockdown, showing you some DIY cocktails at home. See post: The Perfect Cognac Cocktail for Apéro – Sense of Spirits. Secondly, our Parisian community had the chance to finally test the cocktails during two of our events, and the brand itself has been very well received!

Sweet from the grape but keeping the intensity from the Cognac, those ready-to-sip cocktails sparkle up your summer evenings! Sense of Spirits create inspiring and timeless lifestyle drinks and strive themselves to introduce new ways to let people enjoy cognac differently!

Check out their website and get 15€ off with our promo code APEROSFRENCHIES for any order up to 75€.

Find more about our recipes here or on IGTV.


3 – Lillet Tonic 

Lillet is an aperitif wine, made from Bordeaux grapes along with macerated fruit liqueurs, which gives it a pleasantly fruity, but not overly sweet, character.

You had the chance to discover this brand during many of our events in Europe, and during the lockdown too. Let’s stick to fresh long drinks that are easy to do at home. No need to be a professional, it’s easy as 1, 2, 3 and your guests’ reactions will be priceless.

Pour 5cl of Lillet Blanc into a glass full of ice cubes. Add 10cl of tonic water and a slice of cucumber. Decorate with one strawberry and a mint leaf. Et voilà!

Preparing a wedding or a private event? Lillet is our personal recommendation. Their univers fit perfectly with the dreamy and magical atmosphere of such an occasion. Don’t hesitate to contact us for  any requests.

 

 

Ricard Plantes fraiches

 4 – Ricard

Going to the south of France this summer? If so, add “taste the pastison” to your to-do list , one of the most refreshing drinks for hot summer days. The name pastis originally comes from the Provençal  and means ‘mix’. It now refers to the French aniseed-flavored liqueur with an alcoholic strength of 40% or 45%, for a pastis from Marseille.

How to drink a Ricard? Pour 2,5cl  of Ricard into a glass. Add cold water to dilute it. The water will instantly and magically transform your pastis from a clear amber color to a milky greenish-yellow.

Sip slowly on a sunny terrace at the end of the afternoon. Although, if you are not a big fan of the classical pastis, check out their new edition Ricard Plantes fraiches, made with anise exclusively from fresh plants grown on the Valensole plateau in Haute-Provence (France).

We hope we helped you planning your summer Apéros! Don’t forget to feature @aperos_frenchies on your Instagram stories or posts, we can’t wait to share them! Santé!

Take a Breather – Gerbermüle Hotel & Restaurant, Frankfurt

 

The Gerbermüle is part of the city’s heritage and is probably one of the most atypic hotels in Frankfurt.  Just by the main river,  it is surrounded with a large,  beautiful and very traditional German Beer Garden. However, from the outside, you might never guess the fully refurbished and creatively designed interior. Take a breather – discover the Gerbermühle hotel & restaurant.

 

 

 

RESTAURANT & DRINK

If  you are looking for  a nice/ quiet place to  enjoy the sunset on the skyline,  we’ve  probably found THE spot for a drink, or for  diner.  The chestnut trees and the Main river make you forget about your stressful routine or the urban noises. Take a breather with friends, or colleagues and  just enjoy  the moment. The restaurant offer a large choice of tasteful and simple food, wines and if you need it,  great recommendations from the staff.

 

Skyline view, Gerbermühle
beer Garden, Gerbermühle

 

HOTEL

If your  planing to stay  few days, for a get away or a business trip in Frankfurt we totally recommend this hotel. Although located outside the city center, you can however access there within 10-15mn by car from the Central station.

Select materials, a modern interior and luxuriously appointed bathrooms offer a stylish comfort. 

Forget about earplugs, you won’t need it. At the Gerbermühle, the only neighbors you might have  are some little ones living in the chestnuts of the garden!

The kindness and simplicity of the the staff, the quality of the service, and the confort of the stay make you feel like staying forever!

 

 

BAR

Maybe not the first place you will think about regarding a birthday bash or corporate events, but most probably one of the best in town.

Send us an email for any request, we will be happy to  help you organise it!

 

Don’t forget to check out our reco in our different cities, and follow us on our social media Facebook & Instagram 

 

 

 

 

Paris From a Whole New Perspective: a Summer Exhibition by Jeanne Varaldi

What is happening in Paris? Her digital paintings also aroused your curiosity? Let us introduce you to this young french artist: Jeanne Varaldi!

 

Parisian abstract painter, she explores the manufacture of gesture, and the fauvist color palette. Similar to sundials, her canvases play with the sunshine and luminosity of their environment . Find our more about her universe through her summer exhibition and discover Paris from a really different perspective! 

Jeanne gradually projects her work onto urban space: through her digital paintings, she reinvents the roads, sidewalks and walls of her neighborhood. Check out the Place de la République, rue du Faubourg du temple and many other parisian streets..

Her compositions blur the landmarks of the city to give another reading, playful and colorful. She also targets areas under construction, urban spaces whose uses are not clearly defined, doors and interfaces. Her research invites us to imagine other uses and behaviors in connection with an evolving environment.  

Also, if you are in Paris this summer, don’t miss her exhibition and the chance to meet her ! You will discover her splendid digital paintings  from the 2nd of July until the end of August,  at “Le Pavillon des Canaux”. (19e) 

You can find more information regarding the exhibition here.

But above all,  have a drink and say Hi at her launching cocktail this week!

 

Thursday, July 2nd  from 7:00 pm

Le pavillon des Canaux

39 quai de Loire,

75019 Paris, France

 

Jeanne Varaldi, French visual artist- Digital painting 2020

 

Follow her work on Instagram

Find our more on her Website : https://jeannevaraldi.com/

St. Germain Spritz – the Perfect Cocktail for Summer

The St. Germain Spritz  has become a crowd favorite at Apéros Frenchies event, and was featured as the welcome drink of choice at several of our events!
The Liqueur is crafted from elderflower blossoms harvested in late spring, making it the ideal summer drink. You all know by now however that while summer may be our favorite season, we’re hosting International Afterwork events year-round. Luckily, there’s a St. Germain cocktail for any occasion. Next time you’re at one of our events feel free to try a St. Germain Spritz! Or if you’re one of our lucky  Frenchies, maybe its time you brought along a bottle of this authentic French liqueur to your next Apéro and put your twist on the welcome drink?  Here a recipe to make your own St Germain Spritz; the perfect cocktail for summer!
 4cl  St~Germain liqueur
 6cl  Dry Sparkling Wine

 6cl  Sparkling Water

Combine all of the ingredients over ice in your favorite glass. Stir gently. Garnish with a lemon twist!

Enjoy your St Germain Spritz! Santé

Any other recipes? Check out ou  DIY Cocktails with Sense of Spirits Cognac,
or a refreshing long drink of  Lillet Tonic  and if you need some inspirations of  “accompagnements”, we’ve got your back!

Feel free to like us on Facebook, follow us on  Instagram, and subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with all the Apéros Frenchies events to stay in touch with all your new expat friends? We look forward to seeing you all at our next event!

Liqueur St Germain

The Perfect Cognac Cocktail for Apéro – Sense of Spirits

​Reading, working out, and cooking… a lot of us have discovered some new skills during this – what we could call – a “suspended time”. Even if your days are similar, your Apéro beverage doesn’t have to be! It’s time to try new evening saveurs with Sense of Spirit! Allow your mind to escape to the French countryside, with this a cognac cocktail for Apéro!

 

Quarantine, week 5. Facing those last daily rays of sunlight, we take time to check on our loves ones more than never. We talk about our daily routines, about those empty streets that we can see all day from our balconies, and gossip about those ones breaking the rules. We try to guess what is coming next, we exchange some tips, and most of the time we virtually cheer together. Now, it’s time to break your routine.

Cognac lovers? Wine lovers? We found the perfect combine for your next apéro! Sweet from the grape but keeping the intensity from the Cognac, those ready-to-sip cocktails might sparkle up your quarantine evenings! Be ready to enjoy  your cognac cocktail for the Apéro, from your favorite home spot : balcony/ kitchen/ or  living room.

This new french brand: Sense of Spirits  sets a new paradigm to taste and enjoy the subtleties of cognac. Their premium products come in different flavours to meet today´s generation desire for refinement, delicacy and French finesse. They create inspiring and timeless lifestyle drinks and strive themselves to introduce new ways to let people enjoy cognac differently!

Various arts are conveyed through Sense of Spirits including the art of producing Cognac, the “Haute cuisine” and painting. Sense of Spirits artworks are created by a reknown artist, Francois Fressinier, from Martin Lawrence Galleries.

Ready to discover fresh and fruity aromas from the grape balanced with an elegant twist of cognac?

Great news, apply 15€ off to orders over 75€ with our promo code APEROSFRENCHIES on their website Sense of Spirits 

Also, we prepared you a DIY recipe to make your own cocktail at home: Cognac Café frappé. Check out our Instagram page to find more about the tutorial. 

Pssst,  If you need inspiration for the perfect Apéro plate while sipping your cognac cocktails, we have got your back! Now it’s time to enjoy  your cognac cocktail for the Apéro!