White Wagtail Cocktail

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.

White Wagtail CocktailIn the start the cocktail keeps exotic berry sweetness inherited from the vodka. A moment later lime added tart citrus hint then on the palate the taste finally turns to the dry side.

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.