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The Cocktail Of The Week is: Pure
Floral, Spicy and Fresh.
For the next two weeks, Berlin Bar is highlighting The French Connexion; a scheme through which heroin was smuggled to the United States by the Corsican Mafia. This week, in collaboration with Cerbaco, discover the first part of the story of the French Connexion.
Corsica is a French island in the Mediterranean Sea, called “l’Ile de beauté” (the island of Beauty) by the French because of its amazing landscape and architecture. Even if the island is a French region, nationalism from the 70’s to 2014 was extreme. Some independent militants were bombing banks, tourist infrastructures, military buildings and other perceived French symbols. It’s in this context that the Corsican mob, often linked with the independent militants, were running a massive drug operation from North Africa to the USA.
The port of Marseille served as a perfect collecting point for the opium that Turkish farmers cultivated, transforming the opium in heroin labs in the city, and shipping large quantities of heroin to New York City. In the 50’s. The DEA’s 1960 annual report estimated that from 1,200 to 2,300 kg of heroin were coming into the United States annually from France.
The quality of the heroin was the selling point of the French Connexion, and after NYC it was the whole America who was eager to test this poison. The USA pushed the French government to take action against the traffickers, but the Guérini Brothers, bosses of the Guérini family controlling the French Connexion were closely tied with the French government. During WWII the Guerini family fought with the Resistance against the Nazis and created a strong relationship with Gaston Defferre a French politic who had several minister positions and was Marseille’s mayor for 34 years, the base operation of the French Connexion.
For this week’s Cocktail Of The Week, we are using a bittersweet Corsican aperitif named the “Cap Corse” from the Mattei Distillery. An aperitif based on mistelle of Muscat, Vermentinu grapes and exotics plants, mixed with Botanica gin, honey, mint and topped up with ginger beer. A floral and surprising French Connexion concoction.