Pastries and Cocktails Work Together at Cielo's A Taste of Summer [PHOTOS]
Next stop: pear town. | Nancy Stiles
Simone Faure from La Patisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) -- with adorably Gallic business cards on hand -- made lavender poached pear and mascarpone gateaux with a mini lavender macaron on top. (Forget cupcakes, we think mini macarons are where it's at.) The pears she used were local and just came in season. The gateaux went with a Brown Butter Hemingway Daiquiri -- a heady mix of brown butter-infused rum, apple juice, lime juice, simple syrup and Luxardo maraschino liqueur.
Deceptively peachy tea cakes. | Nancy Stiles
Back in the pastry room (which smells just as you would imagine), there was peach frangipan tea cake topped with blackberry cream and, of course, a blackberry, from Christy Augustin at Pint Size Bakery (3825 Watson Road; 314-645-7142). They were like little muffins with a delicious, gooey inside. At this point, we were almost on sugar overload, but we kept on truckin' for you, dear reader.
The grand finale. | Nancy Stiles
The last dessert was from Anne Croy at Pastaria (7734 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-862-6603). It was a plum hazelnut crostada with crème fraîche gelato. We took our little tart from the pastry room and enjoyed it at one of the outdoor tables overlooking the Arch on the unseasonably pleasant August night. The final cocktail was the Empire, made with Bombay Sapphire gin, lillet, Campari, Luxardo and dry vermouth.
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