Baccarat Hotel NYC: The Art of Cocktail Menu

New The Art of Cocktail menu at Hotel Baccara NYC, inspired by the flagship property’s museum-quality art collection curated by French husband-and-wife team Stéphanie and Frédéric Chambre, reflects the fusion of sensibility experienced through the barrel-vaulted space and whimsical interiors of the bar.

Subtly echoing Baccarat’s pedigree, the Bar’s private art collection features mixed-media prints, intricate sculptures, paintings on canvas and striking photographs that span major aesthetic movements since 1764, the year of the founding of the legendary Baccarat crystal brand.

Presentation of the L'Art du Cocktail menu at the Baccarat Hotel New York

The inventive new menu, created by bar manager Mark Tubridy, features advanced mixology techniques, unexpected flavor pairings and thought-provoking concepts that have stories rooted in the artwork displayed throughout the bar.

Presentation of the L'Art du Cocktail menu at the Baccarat Hotel New York

L’Art du Cocktail menu selections include:

Dark sky

As ominous clouds gather against a milky backdrop, a harbinger of a coming storm, this seasonal take on Dark N’ Stormy delivers its own sensory overload.

Presentation of the L'Art du Cocktail menu at the Baccarat Hotel New York

This bold cocktail combines spiced rye, cinnamon oat milk, oloroso sherry and ginger beer in an intimidating symphony of flavors that complements the dark rum float looming overhead.

dust to dust

With notes of butterscotch, banana and nuts, this decadent Old Fashioned arrives in a plume of smoke, as if it too was born from the ashes.

Presentation of the L'Art du Cocktail menu at the Baccarat Hotel New York

Just as Baccarat crystal is created, what begins as a molten mixture of various sands and metals is transformed by artisans into a perfectly crafted drinking vessel.

forbidden forest

Something deliciously wicked this way comes in the form of a bewitching Highball filled with nuanced notes of herbal sweetness and sweet acidity.

Presentation of the L'Art du Cocktail menu at the Baccarat Hotel New York

Enhanced by Monkey 47 Gin resplendent with numerous botanicals, many of them from Germany’s Black Forest, the visual inspiration of the gnarled tangle of trees sets the tone for this enchanting cocktail moment.

Split decision

A beautiful marriage of two classic cocktails, the Cosmopolitan and the Breakfast Martini, this citrus-centric cocktail celebrates the happy accident resulting from opposing desires.

Presentation of the L'Art du Cocktail menu at the Baccarat Hotel New York

Just like the women in these twin images who seem to be on the same path and yet heading in different directions.

Stop or go? Left or right?

In the end, it doesn’t really matter, it’s ultimately what matters most.

voodoo way

Perhaps it’s a touch of sorcery that brings these seemingly disparate flavors together to produce a potion of apples and carrots, peaches and balsamic vinegar, bourbon and cardamom.

Presentation of the L'Art du Cocktail menu at the Baccarat Hotel New York

The result is a tantalizing blend of seasonal sips that are “picked from the tree, picked from the ground, for what cannot be seen cannot be found.”

Break the purple

If you could break a color, how would you do it and what would it look like?

Presentation of the L'Art du Cocktail menu at the Baccarat Hotel New York

For example, purple.

If it fell, would it simply shatter into a thousand pieces of blue and red?

We invite you to ponder this deeply esoteric question as you sip a liquid rainbow of mezcal and chartreuse, apple and plum, Thai chili and honey.

desert dance

Just as two agaves gently sway in a lonely desert wind, sweet notes of sweetness and smoke mingle with fig and tart tamarind to create a captivating performance on the palate.

Presentation of the L'Art du Cocktail menu at the Baccarat Hotel New York

Both similar yet somewhat different, resulting in complementary flavor profiles that seem choreographed and in sync, but are truly wild and free.

The scope

A gripping moment awaits as the hands reach out with intention.

Presentation of the L'Art du Cocktail menu at the Baccarat Hotel New York

But is it to surprise and frighten, or seize and protect?

Whatever’s driving the sudden movement past the wall, it’s likely the catalyst for a momentary chill.

To calm the nerves and soothe the senses, a blend of Caribbean rums, Bolivian brandy, pear and maple set the stage for an adventurous evening.

Harmony

Layers of brandy, Jamaican rum, apricot and chai tea hide behind the clarifying powers of coconut cream in this harmonious cocktail.

Presentation of the L'Art du Cocktail menu at the Baccarat Hotel New York

Almost invisible to the untrained eye, these flavors are patiently waiting to be noticed, just like a blank canvas.

Yet there’s so much to see and interpret inherent in both that unassuming exterior and those choreographed flavors.

red Mill

A cross between two seductive modern classic cocktails, this provocative drink captures the whimsical atmosphere and vibrant playfulness of the Bar.

Presentation of the L'Art du Cocktail menu at the Baccarat Hotel New York

The party might just be getting started and the Moulin Rouge can’t help but make you blush… and maybe that was the intention all along.

The Baccarat Hotel New York is located at 20 West 53rd Street. To view the L’Art du Cocktail menu, go to baccarathotels.com

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Christopher S. Washington