Recently a new cocktail bar has opened in our neighbourhood, the result of a rampant (and much disliked) gentrification. The bar is in truth, still very much out of place, but the owners are really friendly and passionate, and they know their drinks very well. On our first visit they offered us a delicious drink which reminded me of times in Paris and made me want to read Camus and eat saucisson and Comté cheese again. So, feeling nostalgic, I’ve tried to make my own.


  • 50ml Muscat
  • 50ml soda water
  • A couple of ice cubes
  • An orange peel


Pour the Muscat and the soda water into a small sherry glass (if you don’t have a measure, simply mix half and half). Add the ice cubes and gently but firmly press the cut side of the orange peel over the rim of the glass. This leaves a light smudge of orange oil on the rim, which adds a subtle, zesty flavour to the drink.

A little note: I did try to dunk an orange peel directly inside the mix (out of laziness), but the cocktail changes flavour, becoming much more of a ‘Muscat and orange juice’, which is surprisingly bland. And if you live around Brixton and you don’t want to make your own, try it at The Shrub and Shutter.

Photography: Dee Ramadan
Styling: Margherita Poggiali