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Day 258: Cocktail Taste Test 1

The prep...

For the upcoming birthday of Gilles (Séb's father), I have been on the hunt for a special bottle of liquor to bring to him from the States that he couldn't find in France. 

The quest is to find something fun and quirky but still drinkable. Him being a cocktail connoisseur who takes his elixirs quite seriously, I want to bring him something that I had sampled myself. Over the course of two weeks, I've been facilitating taste tests with the few bottles that have caught my attention at the liquor store (or rather sucked me in with darling packaging). My sidekick Kitty had no problem in joining me in creating the perfect novelty cocktail. 

This is what we came up with for our first taste test using Pinnacle Cotton Candy Vodka.

Cotton Candy Cosmo
2 oz. Pinnacle Cotton Candy Vodka
4 oz. Perrier or sparkling water
A lime wedge
Splash of cranberry Juice
Squeeze lime wedge in cocktail shaker to make pulp. Add vodka, soda and cranberry juice. Shake well and pour into a nonpareil rimmed martini glass and enjoy!

The cocktail.

The verdict: The Cotton Candy Cosmo is a bit on the sweet side, even with the mild sparkling water mixer. The lime balances out the flavor but I'm not sure if Gilles - who is adventurous - would want his dessert at cocktail hour. Nibbling on the nonpareils added a nice crunch and certainly would be a conversation sparker but I think this is much more suited for a themed girl's night. So the search continues.... 

11 comments:

  1. That looks very cool, although might be a bit sweet for me too! I love that you call those nonpareils, they're "hundreds and thousands" in my book :)

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    1. It was fun and kitchy but we couldn't drink more than one. The vodka is super sweet! I didn't think it would be.

      I hate the name nonpareils, there's nothing festive about it! I had to google the name, I really call them sprinkle balls! : )

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  2. Such a thoughtful girlfriend and what a noble hunt you are on! A friend in Paris always requests a bottle of Crown Royal Black from the states, because it's a bolder whisky and apparently something that can't be found in the city of lights. Goodluck on your search.

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    1. Thanks! I will be "testing" again tomorrow! :)

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  3. I think they'd be a little sweet for me too, but I do think the glasses look darling!

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    1. Gilles infuses vodka with herbs, fruits, veggies..he has tons of them, that's why I'm going for a non-natural flavor (something he couldn't do himself) and figured cotton candy would be a fun choice.

      I'm going for another sweet cocktail, hopefully the vodka won't be SO sugary! I was surprised! Normally, the vodka is tinted with flavor not overpowered by it.

      We shall see...

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  4. Cotton Candy Vodka?!!! Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

    Like the little bonbons on the glass rim, though!;)

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    1. Damn! I was going to send you a bottle as a gift! I thought of you when I bought this! :P

      It's really good actually, it just needs to be made with something light.

      I'll be mixing again tonight! : )

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  5. I second Duchesse's comment about the Cotton Candy Vodka - Ewwwww! But the sprinkles definitely say, "Happy Birthday, Jules!"

    If you're still looking for innovative ideas, check out this YouTube video. I saw Grant Achatz and Craig Schoettler (The Aviary in Chicago) when they gave a lecture at Harvard. They're amazing and take the concept of cocktails to a whole different level.

    Good luck - it sounds like a fun research project.

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    1. Oooooh! It's fun! I may have to bring some to Paris to share with you...

      If you think cotton candy is weird, wait until you see what I'm mixing tonight. he he he...

      : )

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  6. A new vodka that's all the buzz with my NOLA friends. Haven't seen it here, but says it's made by a Frenchman.

    http://www.bestofneworleans.com/blogofneworleans/archives/2012/01/05/more-on-king-cake-flavored-vodka

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