Last night's supper club was a huge success and the cocktail I asked Carlos to invent for the occasion never happened as he has been so busy with Mayoral events. That meant I had to come up with something on the spot. This is my absolute favourite time of year. Dinner parties with friends and family are in full swing. The house is all decorated for Christmas and as the days get shorter and colder, a festive cocktail with some nibbles surrounded by my favourite people is all I need.
This cocktail was inspired by the elderflower liquor called
St-Germain. It is a gorgeous French liqueur made from fresh, hand-picked elderflowers and produced using traditional French methods. I have a confession...I only bought it because I thought the bottle was beautiful. I know, I knowI am a total bottle snob. Wine labels are my weakness as well. I had no idea what to expect in terms of taste. Yesterday was the first time I have tried it and decided to make it work in a cocktail.
I knew I wanted to use pomegranate juice for colour and gin as the main spirit. Elderflower paired beautifully with the pomegranate. I added a touch of vanilla, some dried orange peel and topped each flute with Champagne. It paired beautifully with my fig, prosciutto and Camembert cheese bruschetta starter.
The Viajante ❦ Champagne Gin Pomegranate Cocktail
60 ml. Gin
30 ml. St. Germain Elderflower liquor
60 ml. Pomegranate Juice
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
2 Dried orange peels (optional for garnish)
180 ml. Champagne (could be a little more or less depending on size of your champagne flute)
In a cocktail shaker with ice combine all ingredients except for the Champagne. Strain and divide between the two champagne flutes.
Slowly pour in Champagne and fill to the rim. Garnish with dried orange peel.