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Beverages

New Flavour: Rum & Coke

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It's the weekend! Which means YOU deserve a cheeky "Rum & Coke" Macaron covered in effervescent silver speckles :) If you were thinking of indulging in the liquid variety this weekend, you'll be happy to know that the Huffington Post has done some extensive research on the best rum to have with your coke. The full article and list of winning/losing rums is here, but this is the upshot:

First, we learned that high end rum does not make a better rum and Coke. The nuances in expensive rums are often masked (and sometimes altered) by the Coke, rendering it useless. Also, bottom shelf always tastes like bottom shelf — it’s somewhere in between that had the best results. Second, we found that many rums add their own unique flavor notes, like coconut or vanilla, that made the rum and Coke a different drink entirely. And third, we learned that bottom shelf rum is giving rum and Cokes a terrible name. Find out which rums make the best rum and Coke, and give this classic drink another goFirst, we learned that high end rum does not make a better rum and Coke. The nuances in expensive rums are often masked (and sometimes altered) by the Coke, rendering it useless. Also, bottom shelf always tastes like bottom shelf — it’s somewhere in between that had the best results. Second, we found that many rums add their own unique flavor notes, like coconut or vanilla, that made the rum and Coke a different drink entirely. And third, we learned that bottom shelf rum is giving rum and Cokes a terrible name. 

Now you know.

New Flavour: Strawberry Grapefruit Verbena

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We put sooo much flavour in this week’s new macaron: Strawberry Grapefruit Verbena. Your tastebuds won’t even know where to begin, but we promise it will be a delightful and delicious experience! The verbena is from our friends at Happy Valley Lavender Farm, just outside Victoria. Verbena is an amazing and super versatile little leaf and Martha Stewart, bless her, has a whole range of simple recipes and projects that use it. A few that stood out for us were:

Roasted-Fruit Salad with Lemon Verbena

Lemon Verbena Simple Syrup

Verbena Tea

...and these pretty scented Envelope Sachets

Flavour Profile: Whiskey & Chocolate

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Whiskey and chocolate is the new wine and cheese. It’s true! A Mr. Greg Clark of executivestyle.com.au assures us that at the renowned London hotel The Connaught, you can secure yourself a dram of whiskey paired with chocolate for a mere £50!

Or, OR… you could pop in Bon Macaron and secure yourself a whiskey and chocolate pairing in the form of our latest macaron for… $1.50. Just saying :)

In case you are inspired to try some of your own tastings, though, here’s a handy guide we sourced from Brix Chocolate:

Extra Dark (70%) Pairs well with strong, spicy whiskies, generally aged in sherry casks Bruichladdich Octomore, Amrut, Nant Tasmanian Single Malt unpeated Whisky, Single Malt Whisky, cognac and armagnac

Medium Dark (60%) Pairs well with smoky, spicier whiskies, generally aged in sherry casks: Talisker Storm Scotch Whisky, Chiva Regal 12 year old, Yamazaki 12 year old single malt Japanese whisky, Bowmore Scotch Whisky, Drambuie 15 year old Scotch Whisky Liqueur

Smooth Dark (54%) Pairs with smooth, sweeter whiskies aged in bourbon casks: Glen Moray 12 year old, The Dubliner Irish Whiskey Liqueur, Poitin Irish Whiskey, Tasmanian Lark Single Malt

Milk Chocolate (46%) Pairs with whisky liqueurs and smooth, sweeter whiskies with caramel and/or vanilla tones, often aged in bourbon casks: Drambuie, Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, Glen Grant 16 year old, Starwood, Glenlivet 12 year old Scotch

Sláinte, friends!

Local Partners: Venus Sophia Tea Room

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One of our most popular macaron flavours is Earl Grey. And one of the reasons it's so delicious is that, as with all our macarons, we sought out the best ingredients. In this case, that means using the organic, fair trade Blue Sapphire Earl Grey loose leaf tea that's blended in-house by Venus Sophia Tea Room & Vegetarian Eatery. We also make a custom macaron for Venus Sophia's popular afternoon teas, using their Afternoon Tea Blend! Working with the community—and with other local businesses who care about quality as much as we do—has been a priority for us since day one, and the result of this partnership has been some truly lovely macarons. We popped into their tea room, which is in China Town, to talk to Venus Sophia's Sallie El Alaily.

Sallie On Tea & Macarons

"I’ve always loved teas; I was always into very high quality teas. So of course I had to bring that into my own business and that’s given me a huge opportunity to really take things to the next level. I have the pleasure of working with the finest suppliers and tea gardens and I've tasted hundreds of teas over the years, which allows me to carefully select the best teas, herbs and botanicals for our tea line. And it never stops. I'm also studying to be a certified tea sommelier while running our business, it brings me so much joy.

"We change our Afternoon Tea seasonally—summer, spring, fall, and winter—we always try to keep it fresh and different. It popped into my head that we just had to have a macaron on our afternoon tea menu. Alain, my husband and business partner, is in charge of the kitchen at Venus Sophia and his hands are full with our extensive vegetarian menu and afternoon tea sandwiches and treats. So we both thought it would be a great idea to collaborate with a local bakery! While looking around town another bakery recommended Bon Macaron—they were pretty new at the time. At first I was using different macarons from their selection and that was great. But then one day an idea again popped into my mind: 'I want my own Venus Sophia macaron!' And I got what I wanted. [laughs] And I’m very happy. It’s great. It’s a beautiful colour. Our customers love it. I love it."

On Her Blue Sapphire Earl Grey Tea

"When I was creating the tea I was thinking of a kind of affordable luxury. I’ve always liked jewels and Venus Sophia is all about beauty. I came up with the name and then I thought, 'How do I make that work?' The blue cornflowers we blend in are very much like a sapphire blue. It just adds beauty to the whole tea experience. And it’s not just drinking the tea—when you’re brewing loose tea you get to scoop it out of the tin, etc. It’s the whole process. Those cornflowers also come from a farm very close to the tea garden in Sri Lanka where the this tea comes from, and that was a great connection."

On Her Afternoon Tea Blend

"Sometimes I’ll be walking somewhere and something just inspires me, like a certain mood or a feeling, and I think, 'I want that in a tea'. For the Afternoon Tea Blend, which Bon Macaron uses to make our Venus Sophia custom macaron, it was an expression of my love for afternoon tea, and specifically afternoon tea at Venus Sophia. It’s flowery and elegant, distinctive but not too strong. I always like to blend with herb and florals. I just love those. They’re perfume-y and wonderful and good for you."

Macarons and tea. Perfect.