Marrakech expressive: cocktails and food that balance Morocco’s native flavours and pure refreshment

Marrakech, Morocco is the best new “old” thing in the world right now. Many fashionistas are aware it enjoyed a heyday back in the 1960s as a hub for nomadic chic (enchanting everybody from European students to hippie-chic icon Talitha Getty and the legendary Yves Saint Laurent). Today, Marrakech is now the site of several luxury hotels and restaurants that are redefining its fascinating and earthy sensibility.
by Elyse Glickman

Though coastal cities like Oualidia, El Jadida, Agadir and Essaouira have become prime destinations for surfers, spa enthusiasts and others seeking a vacation blending history and relaxation, Marrakech is a diamond in the North African Desert, with properties such as Royal Mansour, the Selman, la Sultana and the historic la Maison Arabe (which offers a comprehensive cooking school, and whose famous past guests include Jackie Kennedy and Winston Churchill). These properties are raising the bar for Moroccan hospitality with décor, food and libations so exquisite you may never want to leave the hotel—except to shop the Souk to buy things to re-create your own oasis at home.
   Shopping the Souk for ceramics, leather, fabrics and lanterns is an adventure in itself, and it is worth your time to brush up on your price negotiation skills. However, we’re giving you a head start on refreshment with cocktails from Royal Mansour and La Salama (one of the new restaurants in town tailor made for date night).

Royal Mansour’s signature cocktails

The Royal Mansour
Champagne
Raspberries
Cinnamon
Saharan honey

Mansour Margarita
Tequila
Seasonal lemons
Saharan honey
Fresh coriander (cilantro)

Mofajaa (‘The Surprise’)
Vodka
Cointreau
Fresh pineapple
Fresh basil
Cane sugar
Lime

Fresh Morocco
Gin
Melon liqueur
Fresh melon
Fresh mint

Put contents in a blender.

Nuit de Marrakech (no alcohol)
Orange juice
Fresh strawberries
Banana
Mango syrup

Put contents in a blender.

Zenj
Champagne
Fresh ginger
Fresh coriander (cilantro)
Brown sugar syrup

 

From La Salama

The Salama Cocktail
Rum
Grand Marnier
Orange juice
Grenadine
Champagne

Mojito Royal
Bacardi
Mint
Lime
Champagne



Atlantic coolers: cocktails from the Medicine Bar at Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa

The Barnum
Gin of choice
Apricot brandy
Lime
Bitters

The Colony
Gin of choice
Grapefruit
Cherry better
Soda

Rolls-Royce
Gin
Dry vermouth
Benedictine
Orange zest

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