Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tie One On Tuesday! Happy Bastille Day!

Today is Bastille Day, so what would be more appropriate then a few French Drink recipes to enjoy while your storming your favorite Gov’t building!!

First up, a rather nice combination fit for sitting and sipping on the ChonDileste

Pompier: This cocktail is a refreshing black currant recipe straight from the Jazz Age of 1930s Paris.


- 1/2 oz crème de cassis (Black Current liqueur)

- 3 Oz.dry vermouth

- Top off with Club soda

Preparation: Stir the ingredients together and serve over ice.

The Americano: Next is a rather familiar named drink but with a French twist.

- 1 oz Campari

- 1 oz red vermouth

- Twist

Preparation: Pour over ice and serve with a swizzle stick. Top off with a very little bit of soda water.

The Rose: This was a very popular drink in Paris in the '20s, but has since been forgotten. Be careful – there are two different recipes for this drink – this is close to the original that was popular back in the art deco era in France:

Stir well with cracked ice:

- 2 oz French vermouth (Noilly Prat)

- 1 oz kirshwasser (Alsatian Trimbach) it's an eau de vie, dry and clear

- 1 teaspoon raspberry syrup or (if you're in France) sirop de groseille

Preparation: Strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a rose petal (okay, that's not how they used to make them, but it sure looks nice).

So there you have it – three different yet the same French concoctions to enjoy the Revolution by. So until next week kiddies - Give me liberty or give me Booze!!!

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