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Let's clink to friendship, Christmas and the holidays
It's not the festive season without candy cane and gingerbread, so if you want incredible cocktails to toast Christmas, the New Year or when catching up with friends in January, then you should elevate yourself up to the magical Atrium Bar on the 35th floor of Sofitel to clink a couple of glasses of their 'Merry Cocktails.'
Each masterpiece is a tribute to nostalgic Christmas flavours, but being Sofitel there is a modern French twist.
I was fortunate to watch master mixologist Marc Dasan put a few of Melbourne's best-known food and fashion bloggers through their paces as they tried to recreate some of the incredible cocktails on offer.
Mark Dasan master mixologist at Sofitel overseas Melbourne food bloggers and writers trying to recreate his cocktails. (Photo Nadine Cresswell-Myatt)
It's not as easy as it looks to create these masterpieces. The vanilla meringue is hand piped, marshmallows are toasted on the spot with hand-held torches, sparklers ate carefully bent in intricate clips in order to decorate the rims of cocktail glasses and then lit for that special 'wow' factor.
Such dedication to detail. Photo Nadine Cresswell-Myatt
Here are the festive season cocktail options that will be available only until January 30th, so don't miss out.
The Spark (or in French L'Etincelle - Pronounced: Le-Tin-Cell) contains Christmas liqueur and yummy chocolate. It also has a good dose of Kettle One Vodka, Mozart Dark liqueur and is topped with swirls of vanilla meringue and served with a lit sparkler showering a golden fountain of sparks.
Well-known fashion fashion blogger Phoebe Montague (Lady Melbourne). Her face lights up with this gorgeous Spark cocktail. Photo Nadine Cresswell-Myatt
The Gingerbread (Le Pain D'épice - Pronounced: Le Pen D-piece) has a dash of gingerbread syrup, Mount Gay Rum, Disaronno and cream, and is garnished with a sprinkle of crushed gingerbread. Sedate, rich and heavenly.
The prettiest of the cocktails is Candy Cane (Le Sucre D'orge - Pronounced: Le Sok Dorge). Sofitel has especially made a peppermint and strawberry sorbet striped just like candy cane. To this frozen delight, the bartender then adds Christmas green Chartreuse liqueur, Kettle One Vodka and sparkling rosé. Christmas in a glass!
The Three Kings (Les Trois Mages - Pronounced: Le Wa Marge). Being a lover of espresso martinis this was my personal favourite. There's Kraken Rum, Tia Maria liqueur, a Mozart Dark liqueur, a shot of espresso all topped off with a first-of-its-kind 24-karat yellow gold toasted marshmallow. Mellow, marvellous and spectacular. And yes, that real gold is edible.
The Three Kings cocktail image from Sofitel Website
Along with these special cocktails, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins also have a number of spectacular festive feasts
You can enjoy Christmas Eve Dinner at No35 Restaurant. The night before Christmas will be a joyous affair as you take advantage of a festive inspired buffet, including a beverage package.
Priced at $139 per adult and $70 per child
Or you can enjoy Christmas Day Dinner at No35 Restaurant. This is a sparkling experience with the twinkling city lights and breathtaking views over Melbourne below. Again, this is a festive buffet dinner filled with seafood, meats, an eye-opening array of desserts and a classic beverage package. Priced at $149 per adult and $70 per child.
Christmas Day Lunch. You are greeted with a flute of Taittinger Champagne and the sound of festive music. You can then enjoy a sumptuous buffet piled high with fresh seafood, a carvery of meats, salads, a delightful range of desserts and a luxury beverage package. Priced at $325 per person.
Luxurious Christmas feasts at Sofitel - Image Sofitel Website
For families, there is also Christmas Day lunch in the Grand Ballroom downstairs. A festive buffet luncheon and classic beverage package and children will enjoy a special guest appearance by Santa. Priced at $199 per adult and $75 per child.
Sofitel offers a wonderful opportunity for a memorable New Year's Eve with dinner at No35 Restaurant. There is no finer vantage point to view the spectacle of Melbourne's fireworks than the 35th floor of one of the city's tallest hotels. You can decide to celebrate New Year's Eve a little earlier or later depending on your plans for the night. Early seating (5.30PM till 7.30PM) where you will enjoy a 4-course dinner and a glass of Taittinger on arrival. Priced at $125 per adult and $65 per child. Late seating is at (8.30PM) – Enjoy a 6-course degustation dinner with a deluxe beverage package and glass of Taittinger on arrival. Priced at $375 per person.
To book your festive feasts call 03 9653 7744 or email H1902firstname.lastname@example.org
See a full list of Sofitel's Festive Activities with images by clicking here.