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Little Red Door unveils ‘philosophical’ cocktail list

Paris-based bar Little Red Door has launched a new cocktail menu inspired by the “philosophical concept of universal values”.

The ‘Strength’ cocktail is inspired by a dam in Scotland

The new menu takes inspiration from the world of philosopher Shalom H Schwartz and explores the “way all humans think and feel, regardless of culture or demographic”.

To create the emotive list, the team combined creativity with personal experience.

The team create 10 drinks each inspired by the values: strength, stimulation, hedonism, achievement, conformity, benevolence, self-direction, tradition, security and universalism.

The menu is presented in the style of a surrealist children’s story book. Illustrated by Laura Sheldon, each cocktail is presented behind a fold out door.

Rory Shepherd, head of operations and creativity said: “We’ve always made it our mission at Little Red Door to create cocktails that tell emotive stories and challenge perceptions whilst remaining accessible and simple in their delivery.

“We have a large international audience at the bar; a concept such as Universal Values which transcends cultures and geographical locations gave us a great starting point to create an accessible menu.

“It offers layers that guests can discuss or explore, or not, and they just enjoy a great tasty drink!”

Over the following pages we reveal a selection of cocktails on the new menu. 


Emily was inspired by charity in this serve, through helping the homeless and soup kitchens. The “fresh and savoury” serve is presented in a crushed ceramic plastic cup and is made with a bespoke Altos Tequila blend for Little Red Door.

Ingredients: Atlos Tequila LRD Blend, Martini Ambrato, carrot and ginger, seasonings.


Shepherd took inspiration from a dam in his native Scotland and the power of the water as it is released. Exploring how pressure can also affect flavour, he used two different high pressure sous-vide infusions and carbonated birch water.

Ingredients: Star of Bombay Gin, Sorrel Wine, birch water, Bruchladdich Port Charlotte, pine.


This “deep red, rich and full-bodied drink” is inspired by bar manager Calvin’s interpretation of Hedonism. He looked at the concept of passion and ‘forbidden fruit’, indulgence and pleasure seeking and included ingredients that are known aphrodisiacs.

Ingredients: Botanical Red Wine, Lot 40 Rye Whisky, apple, green chilli, flowers.


Louis and Charlotte defined achievement as a journey from point A to point B with obstacles in between. They referred to nature to symbolise that journey from the roots to the fully flourished fruits.

Ingredients: Iron and clay infused-Ketel One vodka, gentian tincture, mirabelle eau de vie, marigold, chamomile, hibiscus, Leclerc Briant Rose Champagne.

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