Fragrances and flavors

  • PRODUCTION OLAF BORCHARD
  • PHOTOS REINHARD HUNGER
  • STYLING ULI DEXHEIMER

How does a scent taste? Forty-year-old Jörg Meyer from the Le Lion Bar in Hamburg elucidates with six very personal interpretations. A good drink is like a great scent, says the well-known barkeeper: in both, the balance of ingredients has to be just right.

Signorina Misteriosa by Salvatore Ferragamo, 50 ml; 76 euros | 2 Man by TONI GARD, 75 ml; 50 euros | 3 Tacit by AESOP, 50 ml; 80 euros | 4 Code Profumo by ARMANI, 60 ml; 92 euros | 5 Ultimate by BALDESSARINI, 90 ml; 71 euros | 6 Want by DSQUARED2, 100 ml; 85 euros | 7 Last Word by LE LION BAR DE PARIS, 8 cl, 13 euros

© Reinhard Hunger

“The brown, somewhat heavy scents, especially Tacit by Aesop with its light lemon note, remind me of the drink we call Last Word. For it, we mix green Chartreuse – an herbal liquor – a dash of lime juice, Luxardo Maraschino and gin – and hey presto, you have the perfect flavor accompaniment.”


 

Gin Basil Smash by LE LION BAR DE PARIS, 12 cl, 14 euros | 2 Blu Mediterraneo Cedro di Taormina by ACQUA DI PARMA, 150 ml; 110 euros | 3 Virgin Island Water by CREED, 75 ml; 165 euros | 4 Bleu Paradis by TERRY DE GUNZBURG, 100 ml; 130 euros | 5 Waterlily Sun by AERIN, 50 ml; 96 euros | 6 Fruit d’Amour Green by UNGARO, 50 ml; 39 euros | 7 Echt Kölnisch Wasser by 4711, 100 ml; 19,50 euros | 8 Summer by CK ONE, 100 ml; 44 euros

© Reinhard Hunger

“For me, this selection of fresh, fruity fragrances, including some with powerful notes, like Waterlily Sun by Aerin, go very well with Gin Basil Smash, our signature drink. It’s the one that put us on the map, as it were. It contains a handful of basil, Dutch Rutte Dry Gin, fresh lemon juice and liquid cane sugar. And it packs quite a punch!”


 

1 Candy Kiss by PRADA, 80 ml; 107 euros | 2 Sun Shake by JIL SANDER, 100 ml; 29 euros | 3 Classique by JEAN PAUL GAULTIER, 100 ml; 96 euros | 4 La Vie est Belle by LANCÔME, 50 ml; 59 euros | 5 Chance Eau Vive by CHANEL, 35 ml; 59 euros | 6 Pink Molécule by ZARKOPERFUME, 100 ml; 119 euros | 7 J’adore by DIOR, 50 ml; 76 euros | 8 Clover Club by LE LION BAR DE PARIS, 14 cl; 14 euros

© Reinhard Hunger

“Scents in pastels and pinks, very fruity, very sweet. I especially like Pink Molécule by Zarkoperfume. Berries are the dominant fragrance in this composition and immediately made me think of Clover Club, the drink we named for a New York bar. It’s a blend of raspberry liquor – preferably Hegauer Waldhimbeerbrand by Stählemühle – lemon juice, gin, liquid cane sugar and egg white. An understated classic that fits perfectly.”


 

Padovani by LE LION BAR DE PARIS, 7 cl; 14 euros | 2 Fleurdenya by FRANCESCA DELL’ ORO, 100 ml; 148 euros | 3 Icon Absolute by DUNHILL, 100 ml; 99 euros | 4 Uomo by VALENTINO, 100 ml; 82,50 euros | 5 Donna by VALENTINO, 100 ml; 116 euros | 6 Illicit by JIMMY CHOO, 100 ml; 105 euros

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“These perfume bottles look like whisky tumblers and put me in mind of tobacco and leather, and of earthy scents like Icon Absolute by Dunhill. Our Padovani drink perfectly complements that fragrance. Mixed with St.-Germain elderflower liquor, 17-year-old Japanese Hibiki whisky has a similarly smoky quality – a charming companion.”


 

Luna Rossa Sport by PRADA, 125 ml; 93,50 euros | 2 Pour Homme Essence Aromatique by BOTTEGA VENETA, 90 ml; 80 euros | 3 Legend Spirit by MONTBLANC, 100 ml; 73 euros | 4 Efflora by ODIN New York, 100 ml; 175 euros | 5 Soleil Blanc by TOM FORD, 50 ml; 195 euros | 6 Love on Sale by LE LION BAR DE PARIS, 8 cl; 13 euros | 7 Testostérone by SENTIFIQUE, 50 ml; 149 euros | 8 L’Homme Ultime by YVES SAINT LAURENT, 100 ml; 93 euros

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“Efflora by Odin New York with its herbal, tart and light floral fragrance clouds the senses, makes everything feel muted – just like the drink we named for the David Bowie song Love on Sale. It’s a creation of our own that calls for Vulson Rye – actually a whiskey but fermented like vodka – elderflower, maraschino, lemon juice and vermouth. Unaccustomed and powerful, just like the scent.”


 

18 Bogota Berlin by FRAU TONIS PARFUM, 100 ml; 90 euros | 2 Cucumber Silver Gin Fizz by LE LION BAR DE PARIS, 14 cl; 14 euros | 3 Cucumber by MARC JACOBS, 100 ml; 55 euros | 4 Eau de Rhubarbe Écarlate by HERMÈS, 200 ml; 123 euros | 5 Altruist by J.F.SCHWARZLOSE, 200 ml; 175 euros | 6 Philosykos by DIPTYQUE, 75 ml; 110 euros | 7 Mister Marvelous by BYREDO, 100 ml; 150 euros | 8 Menthe Fraîche by HEELEY, 100 ml; 120 euros

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“To me, Cucumber by Marc Jacobs is the ultimate cucumber fragrance. It reminds me of our Cucumber Silver Gin Fizz, which is made from fresh lemon juice, egg white, cane sugar and Martin Miller Westbourne Strength Gin – it’s got more cucumber flavor than Hendrick’s!”


 

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Only a few years old: The Gin Basil Smash – signature drink of Le Lion. Jörg Meyer tells the secret of its success in our video.