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Day 228, Cocktail 226

One of my first and most famous cocktails was on the agenda Thursday night, all by happenstance.  This cocktail was originally invented two years ago for the Christmas holidays and made its debut at the NID Christmas cocktail party.  Andrea, in particular, enjoyed this cocktail so much that we had to change the name from the Sleigh Ride to the Sleigh Wreck.  According to Andrea, “Too many of these and you’ll be dancing like an elf with a tablecloth on your head! hahahaha Wrecked me for the whole next day!!!”

So Thursday I stopped by the Klavier for a quick cocktail and Chris Peters, the owner, was there.  She offered up a Sleigh Wreck to celebrate it hitting the menu there.  Woo hoo, the big time now, on a lounge menu!  Later that night I was at Ivee’s for my usual Beat Stan at Trivia night and again was offered a Sleigh Wreck by Davey.  Twice in one night!

So, with out further adieu, The Sleigh Wreck:

  Sleigh Wreck

  • 1-1/2 oz Plymouth gin
  • 1/2 oz Chambord
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 2 oz cranberry juice

Combine the ingredients in a shaker and shake, shake, shake to mix and chill.  Strain into a large cocktail glass (I use my 6 oz glass) and garnish with 3-4 fresh cranberries.

This is a sure fire winner with a slight rasberry flavor from the Chambord.  Not too sweet, and not too boozy, too many of these and you’ll be wrecking your sleigh, so be careful!


Day 176, Cocktail 170

Confused yet?  Don’t worry, yesterday’s cocktail will do that.  Your math is not incorrect, today is actually day 177 for me.  This is yesterday’s cocktail and, yes, I’m still getting caught up.

Right then, so what does confusion and kissing a cop have to do with cocktails?  Well, when the cop is standing at 34th and Vine and you’ve had a couple of Love Potions then there is lots in common!

  Love Potion

  • 1-1/2 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz Chambord
  • 3/4 oz cranberry juice
  • 1/8 oz lemon juice

Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake, shake, shake.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

A very nice cocktail, similar to the Sleigh Wreck (which my longtime fans – that means you Andrea – are familar with and you’ll get to know soon enough).  The original recipe I found called for lemon flavored vodka, which, of course, I do not have.  That’s why lemons were invented and why I added the 1/8 oz of lemon juice to the recipe.  This might be too sweet for drinking all night, at least for me, but I’ll bet the gal in your life will knock these back with abandon.  And who knows, you might end up kissing a cop!


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!