What is your cocktail fragrance style?
Choosing your perfect signature fragrance may be as simple as reading a cocktail bar menu. The ingredients in your favourite rum punch, gin cocktail or berry daiquiri can give you clues as to the fragrances that will give you joy and pleasure. That is because the companies that create flavours for the food and the spirit industries also create many of the perfume notes and ingredients on the market today.
IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances, a global company based in New York City, is one of the most famous. You’ll find chemists and scientists developing new flavours for restaurant desserts working side-by-side with scientists creating new rose-themed scents for perfumes.) Taste and scent are complementary senses. So it makes sense if you love frosty mojitos on a summer afternoon, you will likely be drawn to a fresh fragrance with crushed mint notes and citrus.
So pull out your bartender’s guide and start slicing fresh lemon, Scent Lodge has developed a unique approach that is guaranteed to help you select scents you’ll love. Yes, we’re about to explore your favourite cocktail recipes to help you find your perfect signature scent. You’ll discover many of the ingredients used by bartenders are also used by perfumers when blending fragrances. Mint, lemon, pink grapefruit, raspberry, honey, rum, cocoa and vanilla are all-star notes in modern-day fragrance recipes. (And they taste delicious in a beverage.)
To get you started, we’ve handpicked six scents featuring notes you’ll find in popular cocktails and mocktails.
Scent Lodge Summer Rum Cocktail
This refreshing and light cocktail enhances the warm, sweet run notes with chilled ginger beer and lime. It’s even got a hint of maple syrup for a Canadian twist.
2 parts spiced rum
1 part freshly squeezed lime juice
.5 part maple syrup
1 part ginger beer
1 dash of bitters
Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker except for the ginger beer. Add ice and shake well until the mixture is chilled. Strain into a glass tumbler with fresh ice. Pour in the ginger beer and enjoy.
If your cocktail of choice is a rum punch, look for a fragrance that contains rum notes. Surprising, there are a good many that feature rum ingredients in the heart notes. Rum has a warm, comforting and rich character. Our favourite is British niche perfumer Atkinsons’ Pirates’ Grand Reserve. It really is a celebration of vacation in the Caribbean enjoying cocktails under palm tree canopy beside a turquoise sea. You’ll notice this scent blends in a little vanilla and cacao along with the rum, cedar and geranium notes.
Atkinsons Pirates’ Grand Reserve: aged rum, cacao, vanilla, heliotrope, Virginia cedar, geranium, clary sage, cardamom, patchouli, cashmeran, oak moss
Scent Lodge Red Berry Mojito
2 cups fresh raspberries or strawberries
15 fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup white rum (optional)
2 cups club soda or carbonated spring water
1 teaspoon ultra fine sugar
Place all ingredients into a blender with the exception of the club soda. Pulse briefly. Add club soda and pulse again. Pour into tall glasses filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a berry.
If raspberry & strawberry mojitos are your top cocktail choices, look for fragrances that contain either berry in their top notes. About five years ago, perfumers started to use raspberries as an alternative to lemon and mandarin ingredients in the top notes of fragrances. Raspberry has a brisk, tart scent that is energizing and uplifting.
Moschino Cheap & Cheap I Love Love – citrus, red berries, lily of the valley, bulrush, tea rose, cinnamon leaves, Tanaka wood, musk, cedar.
Scent Lodge Gin Refresher
1 part gin
.5 part marmalade jam
.5 part fresh lemon juice
12 fresh mint leaves
3 parts tonic water
Place the gin, lemon juice and marmalade into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until the mixture is thoroughly chilled. Pour the mixture into a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Add tonic water and garnish with lemon and mint.
If a frosty gin and tonic is your go-to beverage on a hot summer day, look for a fragrance the contains mint and tonic notes. Mint is used by perfumers because it has a chilling effect on skin. You’ll find it in summer-themed scents and in men’s sport fragrances. Tonic adds an effervescent quality to a scent – a lightness and sparkle. Atkinsons captures this beautifully in its Mint & Tonic fragrance for him or her.
Atkinsons’ Mint & Tonic: grapefruit, mint, lime, ginger, geranium, mandarin, cedarwood, musk, vetiver
Scent Lodge Honey Cocktail
1.5 parts tequila
.5 part Grand Marnier
.5 part honey
.5 part fresh lime juice
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until the mixture is completely chilled. Strain into a lowball short tumbler filled with ice. Garnish with mint.
If you enjoy the smooth sweetness of honey, you’ll likely be drawn to gourmand fragrances. These are traditionally sweeter creations that blend vanilla, cocoa, caramel and honey notes. And while some smell like exotic desserts, there is a new generation of sophisticated gourmands that are more refined and not quite as sweet. Chopard’s Miel d’Arabie is a triumph incorporating the finest honey from Provence, France. It’s subtle with just a hint of sweetness.
Chopard Miel d’Arabie – Provence honey, pink pepper, pomegranate, incense, tea, exotic spices, patchouli, cypress essential oils
Scent Lodge Peach Iced Tea Froster
5 white tea bags
5 green tea bags
4 cups sliced peaches
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
1 part vodka (optional)
Bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Add the tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and allow the mixture to cool. In a large saucepan, add sugar, peaches & a cup of water. Bring to a boil and then allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Add the mixture to the tea and allow to cool. Make sure the liquid is completely cool before serving over ice as this will keep the tea clear. Serve in tall glass tumblers with mint and peach garnish.
If iced tea of any flavour is your beverage of choice, you’ll be happy to know that there are many fragrances that incorporate the ingredient. Perfumers use tea when they want to create a sense of calm and relaxation. The scent of tea is very subtle and reassuring. It’s ideal for anyone looking to destress and create a sense of well-being. Master perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena blended Bvlgari’s Eau Parfumeé Thé Blanc (White Tea) especially for the company’s luxury resorts and spas. It became so popular with guests, the Roman jeweller offered it to select retailers around the world. It remains a bestseller to this day with almost no advertising or promotion.
Bvlgari Eau Parfumeé Au Thé Blanc: white tea, artemisia, bergamot, bitter orange, orange blossom, pepper, cardamom, amber, musk, rose, jasmine and woods.
Scent Lodge Caramel Chiller
1 part milk
.5 part chilled coffee
.5 part caramel sauce
1 banana (frozen)
1 cup of ice
Place all ingredients in a blender and whip to a smooth consistency. Pour into chilled glasses and garnish with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
Caramel has quietly become one of the most popular ingredients in fragrances over the past decade. That is in part due to the popularity of Starbucks’ frappuccinos which has attracted a new, younger generation to the American coffee brand’s cafes. These consumers have favoured scents that contains similar notes: caramel, vanilla, tonka bean, benzoin. One of the very best fragrances to incorporate caramel is Chopard’s Vanille de Madagascar. Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas masterfully blends notes of caramel, tea, orange blossom and very high quality Madagascar vanilla. It’s light, elegant and sophisticated. If you are a fragrance enthusiast, it is worth the effort to sample this fragrance. It’s remarkable.
Chopard Vanille de Madagascar – bergamot, tea, orange blossom, Madagascar vanilla, caramel, cedar, Haitian vetiver