With exactly two months left till Christmas I’m proud to say that I’ve partnered up with Maison Maille to inspire both you & myself, to get some Mustard-action going on, building up to the most wonderful time of the year!

La Maison Maille, founded about 265 years ago by Antoine Maille, is world renowned for its craftmanship, creativity and innovation when it comes to mustard and vinaigrettes. They offer no less than 84 different varieties which each have a unique flavor sensation, lifting each dish to a higher level of complexity!

So here’s a little idea you could turn to if you (probably like me each Holiday season… 😂) are in charge of the annual aperitif:

Set up a custom Martini Bar, where you can serve your guests a delicious libation, accompanied by an amuse-bouche, because don’t we all love our drinks with some accompanying snacks?!


As amuse I start with a base of a garlic-and-fine-herbs toast, sliced a piece of ripe camembert cheese and added a beautiful dot of Maille Mustard ‘à l’Ancienne’ as finishing touch!

Testing out whether the bitesize hors d’Å“uvres fitted a broad selection of Martinis I created three different ones:

  • Gibson Martini (7cl Dry Gin, 2cl Dry Vermouth),
  • Vodka Martini (6cl Vodka, 2cl Dry Vermouth)
  • Dirty Martini (7,5cl Dry Gin 1,5 Dry Vermouth, 1 barspoon pickle-brine from a jar Maille Cornichons)

All three Martini variations were built up to the personal preference of my mom, my dad and myself, but feel free to play with ratios!

(1) Stir your Spirit and Vermouth in a mixing glass for about 30 seconds with plenty of ice,
(2) Pour the chilled and diluted drink in a chilled Martini or Coupe glass and
(3) Offer a custom, fitting garnish (you could offer anything from a lemon peel to olives, I personally used  onions and cornichons from Maison Maille, adding that salty and savoury touch that fitted the little bit perfectly!)

Hope I was able to inspire you, and hey, if you can’t wait for Christmas to stir some of these up and get those bites in your belly… I’m not judging!

Cheers and have fantastic holidays!

Disclaimer: This collaboration with Maison Maille is part of a sponsored series (#ad), yet none of the ingredients came with specific obligations or limitations to my work. All pictures, recipes, opinions and text are property of Matthias Soberon / Served By Soberon. Nothing can be used or copied without written permission of the author and the addition of full credits.


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