If you were to find yourself in the fabled Shangri-La, you might expect that paradisiacal valley to be filled with exotic herbs and flowers. And you might also expect to find a mysterious apothecary shop there, where a wise and ancient shaman turns the essences of those botanical gifts into elixirs, tonics, tinctures, and a really kick-ass negroni. Well, maybe that’s just our personal Shangri-La.
In Paris, at that fabled city’s Shangri-La Hotel, you will find such a Valhalla of Vegetation. The hotel’s Le Bar Botaniste—named in honor of the former owner of the building, renowned botanist and Napoleonic nephew Prince Roland Bonaparte—has committed to living up to its moniker.
The menu features concoctions like the “Cyrus” (Polish rye vodka, black lemon powder, and Lillet Grande Réserve), the “Bloom” (amaro and a housemade tincture of more than 20 ingredients, spritzed), and the “Nektar” (mead, pollen, beeswax, and propolis, which is something you should look up after you’ve tasted it, not before). Emery’s daring take on the negroni apéritif is crafted of gin, Escubac botanical liqueur, saffron, green cardamom, and Kummel liqueur.
The Shangri-La Hotel is located at 10 Avenue d’Iéna, adjacent to the Trocadéro; Le Bar Botaniste is open daily from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.