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Sofitel on Collins is pairing the nostalgic flavours and tastes we associate with Christmas, such as gingerbread and spices, with a modern French joie de vivre
While the luxurious plushness of Sofitel's decor and culinary expertise is something we have come to expect from this luxury French brand, these imaginative seasonal offerings reach well beyond this - they will startle you and may even take your breath away.
Famed international pastry chef, David Hann has created a range of 'merry treats.' such as thick layered gingerbread Joconde mousse laced with Christmas spices and even golden reindeer presenting you with a seasonal snowball.
The mid-week Merry High Tea experience is served on Sofitel's dramatic black and white high tea stands that were inspired by the work of the graphic artist, M. C Escher.
Perhaps that is why, as you work your way up the levels of Christmas treats, it feels like the wondrous high tea stretches to infinity and back.
Another Christmas experience Sofitel is offering allow you to take your seasonal celebrations to a whole new level. If you take the elevator up to Atrium Bar On 35, you can indulge in one of Sofitel's festive cocktails.
As it is dramatically sited on the 35th floor, it is also a chance to view one of Melbourne's finest views. And you are ordering not just a cocktail but Christmas in a glass as each cocktail is carefully crafted by Sofitel's master mixologists to transport you to the festive season.
These festive cocktails are the perfect partners for catching up with your friends for a pre-Christmas drink over and feature such Christmas joy as toasted marshmallow, candy canes, gingerbread and meringues.
Below are details of some of these wow-factor cocktails.
L'Etincelle - Pronounced: Le-Tin-Cell (The Spark)
Decadent and bold, this 'fiery' cocktail features Christmas liqueur, chocolate, Kettle One Vodka, Mozart Dark liqueur and is garnished with vanilla meringue and a burning sparkler.
Le Pain D'épice - Pronounced: Le Pen D-piece (The Gingerbread)
A gingerbread house in a glass this cocktail has dashes of gingerbread syrup, Mount Gay Rum, Disaronno and cream, and is garnished with crushed gingerbread.
Le Sucre D'orge - Pronounced: Le Sok Dorge (The Candy Cane)
House-made peppermint and strawberry candy cane sorbet, green Chartreuse liqueur, Kettle One Vodka finished with sparkling rosé.
Les Trois Mages - Pronounced: Le Twa Marge (The Three Kings)
A twist on a traditional espresso this regal martini features Kraken Rum, Tia Maria liqueur, Mozart Dark liqueur, a shot of espresso and a crown of 24-karat (the first of its kind) yellow-gold-toasted marshmallow.