Tuesday, March 7, 2017

liliko'i royale

4 oz Gin (1 1/2 oz Beefeater)
4 oz Champagne (1 1/2 oz Willm Blanc de Blancs)
2 oz Campari (3/4 oz)
2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup (3/4 oz)
2 oz Lemon Juice (3/4 oz)

Build in a carafe and fill with ice (shake all but the sparkling wine with ice, strain into a Highball glass with the sparkling wine, and top with ice). Garnish with edible flowers or lemon wheels (lemon twists).
Two Tuesdays ago, I reached for the Canon Cocktail Book for the evening's refresher. There, I spotted the Liliko'i Royale which was their pitcher drink that reminded me of a sparkling wine version of author Jamie Boudreau's Novara. Not needing a pint's worth of drink, I scaled this one back almost three fold to something approximating a single serving. Once prepared, the Liliko'i Royale shared lemon oil aromas over a tropical note from perhaps the passion fruit interacting with the Campari. Next, the sip offered carbonated lemon, passion fruit, and white grape flavors, and the swallow paired the gin botanicals with the Campari-passion fruit duo.

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