THE LOST HISTORY OF THE PARIS SHANGHAI COCKTAIL
Probably very few people know what is a Paris Shanghai cocktail! Its existence and origin were unknown to me until I discovered in an old coffer in my attic a book called Cocktails de France et d'Orient. The author, Jean Robert, was the barman of the Cercle Sportif Français, the former Shanghai French Club, and crafted the cocktail in 1933!
His inspiration was Shanghai cosmopolitan vibe during the 1930s glamorous days. The vodka incarnating the infuencial White Russian community living in the former French Quarter. The gentiane liquor and Armagnac giving a French flavour. The bergamot black tea expressing both the Chinese and, to a lesser extend, a certain British feel.
The drink became a speciality of the French Club, a f