Friday, December 28, 2012

The Red Velvet Armchair Cocktail

By Warren Bobrow

This is a holiday firecracker of a cocktail. This drink has all the crowd-pleasing excitement of a tropically inspired Tiki Bar concoction. But please keep this mind - this drink has the potential to hurt you badly. If you finish the night with a large glass of Fernet Branca you'll be set from the get-go. If not... woes be.

Do not succumb to the wiles of this carbonated slurp that contains both Purity Vodka from Sweden and Campari from Italy, woven with the fizz of fine French sparkling water. Please don't say I didn't warn you first.

This is a very good holiday cocktail. It brings people together. The sound level will rise in the room from the soon to be inebriated crowd. Then come the singing and the dancing. Perhaps a bit of food is eaten, maybe not, then more cocktails. Carousing will take place.

The music seems far off, pulsing, throbbing in the background.

Soul Makossa? James Brown? Issac Hayes?

The room begins to spin.

Over there, by the punch bowl is a large Danish armchair made of red velvet. It looks so inviting. So charming. Reaching out for you to throw yourself into it. Let the chair envelop you in the firm material. The reasoning for the Red Velvet Armchair is quite simple - it holds you closely and won't ever let you go.

Visually, I love this punch for the colorful nature of the freshly squeezed blood orange juice and the addition of Campari and strong Swedish Vodka.

Each recipe will make two extremely strong drinks. Danger! Danger!

• 4 oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice
• 2 oz Purity Vodka 
• 2 oz Campari
• A good splash, then some more of the Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
• Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
• Chunk of lime

1. Add ice and the spirits to a cocktail glass (fill ¾ with ice)
2. Add blood orange juice.
3. Shake, strain into a Collins-glass filled with fresh ice and a squeezed lime chunk.
4. Top with the Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water (essential)
5. Add exactly three shakes of The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
6. Sip and hold yourself to three. NO MORE lest you fall into the chair!

Danger level 5 out of 5!

Cheers from DrinkUpNY!

Article by Warren Bobrow, a nationally published food and spirits columnist who writes for Williams-Sonoma, Foodista and the Beekman Boys.

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