Thanks to a hostess gift I have a bottle of Viniq Liqueur, a lavender colored liqueur with a vodka base, Moscato and an infusion of exotic fruits. It also shimmers. Yes, shimmers, thanks to an edible cake decoration ingredient.
It's really cool looking when you shake it, a little like a cross between a lava lamp and a snow globe. If you drink it straight this shimmer transfers to the glass, if mixed the shimmer dims a bit, but you can see below that the effervescence from the Champagne in my cocktail does still bubble up a nice shimmer.
It's also not bad tasting, with a decidedly tropical fruitiness, though a bit sweet for my taste. It reminded me a lot of Hypnotiq's Harmonie Liqueur, which also has a vodka base and fruit infusions but uses Cognac in place of the Moscato.
As for the overly sweet taste, well, there are ways to deal with that and thanks to it being New Year's one of those ways had to be Champagne! A few dashes of Angostura bitters, a little fresh mint and a splash of orange juice and you have a pretty, interesting cocktail that shimmers back at you. It's like a little sorcery in a cocktail glass.
If you want to serve up a little cocktail magic for New Year's here's the recipe:
TWILGHT PEARL MARTINI
1-1/2 Oz. Viniq Liqueur
1/4 Oz. Fresh Orange Juice
3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
1-1/2 Oz. Chilled Champagne
12 Fresh Mint Leaves
Orange Rind Spiral
Twig of Fresh Mint
Special Tools: Channel Knife Coupe Cocktail Glass, Muddler
Create a long spiral orange twist by pulling the channel knife around the orange rind until you get about 10". Twist this around a pencil and place in the freezer along with your coupe.
Add the mint leaves and orange juice to a cocktail shaker and muddle to release the mint oils.
Add a cup of ice then pour in the Viniq Liqueur, add the Angostura bitters and shake until chilled.
Drape the orange spiral half in and half outside the glass, thread the mint sprig through the spiral then strain your cocktail into the glass.
Top off with the Champagne, twirl the twist so your guest will see the shimmers and serve.
Be sure to put the bottle nearby so your guests can play with it. Check out this short video for a look see.
If you're going out to party please have a designated driver or hire a car tonight! Have a fun, safe and joyous New Year's Eve and I'll see you next year!
Whether you're having a celebration, toasting the holiday season or just love bubbly it's always fun to learn a little background on this effervescent wine and, of course, have a few choices of Champagne Cocktails to take advantage of your favorite sparkling wine.
The "Father" of Champagne
Dom Pierre Pérignon, a French Benedictine Monk who lived in the late 1600's, said drinking Champagne is “like tasting the stars.” And he should know, being a contributor to the elevation of Champagne over the common red wines of the times. The famous Dom Pérignon Champagne, the prestige cuvée of Moët & Chandon, is named for him, which is interesting because he spent his life trying to prevent the bubbles in Champagne, calling this result "mad wine" which was unpredictable and prone to explosion from the fermentation methods used in his day! All the same, he is kind of the spiritual Godfather of our present day sparkling wines and we have him to thank for getting our nose tickled as we sip our Champagne.
Below are some interesting ways to enjoy your Champagne in a cocktail. Since I adore bubbly there's a few to choose from.