I am a firm believer in the tenet that a great fragrance should be able to take you away to a different time, space, and most importantly, place. Some of the most beautiful journeys that I have been on involved distinctive scents, and that tradition continues. Continuing a delicious tradition, Marc Jacobs has released this year’s limited edition Splash Fragrances. The wannabe lush in me is rejoicing ever so slightly, because this collection is inspired by delightfully exotic cocktail ingredients. In fact, with every spritz of these delicious fragrances, I find myself back on the beaches of Mexico, soaking up both sun and sand.
Curacao is a tropical blue concoction of citrus and fruit, at once bright and refreshing. Like the sweet liqueur that sired the inspiration for this scent, Curacao is both sweet and brilliant. The fragrance opens with a citrusy burst of blood orange, and ultimately settles softly in the skin as a soft, musky floral.
Ginger is the sexiest, spiciest scent of the bunch. A succulent mixture of ginger, flowers, spices, and wood, this is the scent that warms up beautifully.
Cranberry is a vibrant, sparkling scent, the most feminine of the bunch. A blend of citrus, fruit, musk, and moss, this scent calls me to the very fibers of my soul.
Just for fun, I’ve looked up some tasty cocktail recipes, inspired by the scents.
Curacao- Arcturian Sunrise recipe
1/3 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
1/3 oz blackberry liqueur
1/6 oz grenadine syrup
5 oz sparkling white wine
Pour blue curacao, blackberry liqueur and grenadine into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Add sparkling white wine, stir well, and serve.
Ginger- Jamaican Rum-Ginger Zinger recipe
2 cups water
2 oz fresh ginger unpeeled, finely grated
3/4 cup+ 1 tsp, fresh lime juice
1 tbsp(packed) golden brown sugar
1 1/2 cups dark rum
3/4 cup simple syrup
1/4 cup falernum syrup
Bring 2 cups water to boil in medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Mix in grated fresh ginger and 1 teaspoon lime juice. Cover and let stand 1 hour. add brown surgar; stir to dissolve. Strain ginger beer into bowl, pressing firmly on solids to extract as much liquid as possible (mixture will be cloudy). Cool completely. Transfer ginger beer to jar. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to 1 week. Mix rum, Simple Syrup, falernum, ginger beer, and remaining 3/4 cup lime juice in pitcher. Fill tall glasses with ice. Pour mixture over. If desired, garnish rim of each glass with lime peel curl.
Cranberry- Cranberry Cordial recipe
1/2 kg coarsely chopped cranberries
3/4 liter sugar
1/2 liter light rum
Place the chopped cranberries in a 2 liter jar that has a tight-fitting lid. Add the sugar and rum. Adjust the lid securely and place the jar in a cool, dark place. Invert the jar and shake it every day for six weeks. When ready, strain the cordial into bottles and seal with corks.
Armed with both these delicious Marc Jacobs Cocktail Fragrance splashes and some choice beverages, I am ready to embrace the sun. Dear readers, how do you feel about these cocktail-inspired scents. Inquiring minds want to know.
*Source for Recipes: http://www.drinkmixer.com