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Day 335, Cocktail 340

Every good movie (and, unfortunately, some not so good movies) deserves a sequel.  In the case of the Godfather, there were two sequels.  And hey, maybe if were lucky, there will be a fourth! 

So, Saturday’s cocktail is a sequel of a previous drink.  Our friend Patti was home alone this weekend with Greg out of town on family business.  So Gwen made plans for the three of us to go out to dinner and then karaoke.  Our dinner stop was Amici’s in Richfield.  We all had wonderful Italian meals, and of course, cocktails.  While Gwen and Patti had martinis (Bombay and Grey Goose respectively) I chose the Godfather Martini.  I know, it should not be called a martini, but I bit my tongue and ordered it anyway.  Essentially, this is the close cousin to the previously posted Godfather cocktail.  The Amici’s version is made with Dewar’s scotch while my Godfather uses Maker’s Mark bourbon.  Both, of course, have amaretto in them. 

So how was it?  Pretty good.  The proportions of scotch and amaretto (which I did not get) were just right, providing a nice balance between the smokey flavor of the Dewar’s and the nutty, almond flavor of the amaretto.  This is a slightly sweet cocktail, so be prepared for that if you are a boozy cocktail fan.  It won’t knock you over with sugar like some fruity ice cream drink, but it’s not like having a scotch on the rocks or Manhattan either.

As for the karaoke, well that went just fabulous as well.  Of course, after a cocktail or two, my singing always gets better!


Day 15, Cocktail 15

After a terrific brunch this morning at Amici’s we came home to watch an afternoon movie and have a cocktail while Gwen relaxed.  It didn’t take long for Gwen to want something special.  I remembered that I had a very nice bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial champagne in the wine cellar.  We’ve had a number of champagne cocktails over the last couple of years but I wanted to try something new today.  A quick internet search yielded an interesting recipe that used Chambord and simple syrup.  That got me to thinking.  I had been itching to combine Chambord and St. Germain.  It seemed natural that the elderflower flavor in the St. Germain would work well with the rasberry of the Chambord.  It also helps that both liqueurs are from the same family tree.  Sky Cooper owned the Chambord brand for years (before selling to Brown Forman several years ago) while son Robert Cooper is the creative force behind St. Germain. 

So, down to the Twilight Lounge I went and a few minutes later came back upstairs with what I call the Mother’s Day.  Gwen absolutely loved it and I found the interplay of the rasberry and elderflower to be wonderful and a well balanced offset to the the dryness of the Moet and Chandon I used.

  The Mother’s Day

  • 1 oz Chambord
  • 1/8 oz St. Germain
  • 1/8 oz bar syrup
  • Moet and Chandon Imperial (or other dry champagne)


Pour the Chambord, St. Germain and bar syrup into a chilled coupe.  Stir with a bar spoon to blend.  Fill the glass with the champagne and garnish with a lemon peel.

We enjoyed drinking this today, and its a great reason to use an entire bottle of champagne!