19 December

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A Little Sparrow With A Big Voice Was Born Today

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Rose Memoire

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A tiny, fragile-seeming chanteuse with the voice of a fallen angel, the woman who immortalised both “La Vie En Rose” and “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” was born on this day in 1915 into the sort of family of which misery memoirs are made.

Abandoned by her junkie mother, Édith Piaf would grow up in her grandmother's brothel, learn stagecraft from her acrobat father, lose her only child when she was just 19, go through a bewildering cavalcade of lovers and, before her tragic and early death, become France's national diva and greatest international musical export. Even today, the woman whose delicate frame gave her the nickname La Môme Piaf (the little sparrow) inspires movies, books and countless tribute albums.

We are celebrating her memory and her work with a Rose Memoire, a suitably classy cocktail based on elegant rosé champagne.

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