Another cocktail with Van Gogh Açai-Blueberry Vodka I’ve created after unsuccessful efforts to discover original cocktails with this hard-to-find vodka. I was trying to produce a berry-flavoured light cocktail with strong herbal background. Hope I succeeded in my attempt.
Surprisingly the hardest thing was not to achieve the best taste but to get acceptable appearance. Van Gogh Açai-Blueberry Vodka has wonderful lilac color but lose it completely after mixing with citrus juices. Happily, Parfait Amour liqueur helped me to keep the original violet color with steel-blue tint.
Once I tried to describe Van Gogh Açai-Blueberry Vodka taste. That’s quite interesting: a little sweet in the start and tart and dry in the end. And I still explore the possibilities how to use it in cocktails.
I tried to underline exotic taste of Van Gogh vodka with dry and sweet herbal-flavoured spirits. Additionally sweet orange note should be the thing that pins together berry sweetness and herbal dryness.
The first orange liqueur I used here was Cointreau. It works well especially when I added a couple dashes of maraschino. But the cocktail appearance was a bit ugly, and I tried bright colored Marie Brizard Parfait Amour liqueur instead of clear Cointreau. It was sweeter and added some wonderful floral notes and a hint of vanilla.
White Wagtail Cocktail
- 50 ml Van Gogh Açai-Blueberry Vodka,
- 20 ml fresh lime juice,
- 20 ml gin (Gordon’s)
- 10 ml Parfait Amour liqueur (Marie Brizard Parfait Amour),
- 1-2 dash orange bitters (Angostura).
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon zest.
In the aftertaste gin botanicals gives sharp bitterness, the liqueur cover it with a veil of sweet orange and vanilla adding pleasant floral notes to the flavour. In the end dryness becomes a bit stronger but common delicate bittersweet aroma stays put and balanced.