Archive for October, 2008

St. Germain Elderflower liqueur

Your first taste of St. Germain Elderflower liqueur is guaranteed to surprise you. Initially, St. Germain is easy on the eyes; it has a distinctive bottle and a captivating canary yellow hue with a slight touch of green. But far beyond its attractive packaging, it is really the taste of honeyed flowers that puts St. Germain Elderflower on a very short list of elegant liqueurs.

Made from hand-picked blossoms, escorted down from the Alps via bicycles, it is reminiscent of French Sauternes, but at a price that makes it easy to add to champagne, vodka (Imperia vodka perhaps), or gin (Hendricks). Mixology is fraught with dangers of cliche or eccentricity, but St. Germain is refreshing in its simplicity, distinctive in its palette, and flexible. A glass of St. Germain paired with Foie Gras would highlight its smooth richness. Paired with after-dinner truffles, the residual sugar and slight bite set it apart from the dessert while still remaining compatible. In lemonade or sorrel tea, it would be festive and refreshing. No matter how it is served, it is unique without pretension.

For inspiration, consider that the bar at David Bouley’s opulent Danube Restaurant in New York City served St. Germain mixed with champagne as their welcoming cocktail. Looking for something a bit more exotic? Consider adding a touch of peach to make a new version of the classic Venetian Bellini. Enjoy!

Here are some other ideas for incorporating St. Germain into your drink repertoire.

Summer Splash
1 part St. Germain and 2 parts lemonade
Rocked and Rolled
2 parts St. Germain and 2 parts vodka, a touch of soda water and mint to flavor
Sunday Morning
2 parts St. Germain, ice, orange juice and a cherry garnish
The Pompoms
1 part St. Germain, 1 part vodka, 2 parts pomegranate, served up in a martini glass and star fruit garnish

pinkG would also love to hear your drink ideas. Post in comments below.

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Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur

The rich, golden hue, packaged in a sleek bamboo-shaped glass bottle: utmost sophistication. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur adds spice to any event.

Originally produced in Doumen, a district in China’s Guangdong province, it became popular with the French aristocracy during colonial Indochine. Today’s recipe is a luscious combination of a syrup of crystallized Vietnamese baby ginger, cognac, orange blossom honey, and hints of Tahitian vanilla. The conflicting flavors blend together to add a little punch to any cocktail. Hints of white pepper and the sweet aroma of ginger delight the senses.

Try the Indochine Tonic — 1 part Canton, 1 part vodka, topped with ice-cold tonic water, and served with a lemon wedge. A spritzer with an exotic flair, guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. Or keep it simple and make a classic Ginger Martini using 2 parts Domaine de Canton and 2 parts vodka. Spice up the holiday season with a warm Gingerbread Apple Cocktail, or sip straight for a little nightcap. Need an easy summer dessert? Splash Canton over fresh sliced peaches and pineapple. Guests will adore!

The Chinese have long touted ginger as a cure for many ailments, so drink up. Canton won Best in Show for Liqueur at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Need we say more?

More sipping thoughts…….

The Domaine de Canton website has more wonderful ways to highlight their product. As autumn approaches you might want to fix a gingerbread apple cocktail . Can you hear the rustle of the leaves? Finally check out this light-hearted review of Canton, just for the fun of it.

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Harmony in Red

Blue? Green? Lavender and pink? “What are your colors?” is a question asked early and often. Color palette is the backbone of event design and that decision is one of the first you’ll make when designing your wedding. Paintings are an excellent starting point and the daring yet whimsical style of Matisse is a wonderful place to begin.

Henri Matisse is fittingly known as a master of color, breaking the established rules by utilizing a bold and striking palette to create his instantly-recognizable works of art. One of the best-known artists of the 20th century, Matisse upheld the classical traditions of the French beaux-arts while embracing styles ranging from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism, all the while incorporating sensual colors that explode off the canvas. His goal of creating everlasting beauty can provide the basis for turning the blank canvas of a modest venue into your own masterpiece.

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