Friday, April 19, 2013

Cocktail du jour: Kiki de Montparnasse

Kiki de Montparnasse (née Alice Prin) was a model and muse for the American born Dadaist Man Ray. You've seen her as the lady with the violin drawn on her back in the iconic photograph Le violon d'Ingres, and she helped define the free-spirited culture of Paris in the 1920s.

Mr. C&G created this cocktail for me after bringing home a bottle of Cîroc coconut vodka.  Thankfully it's not sweet at all, and retains the nutty tropical flavor of true coconut. After some experimenting Mr. C&G came up with this free-spirited and carefree cocktail, which I dubbed the Kiki de Montparnasse.

On vacation recently at the C&G Grandparents HQ, Papa C&G had all the makings of a Kiki in the liquor cabinet. The Pinnacle brand has an astonishing 33 flavors of vodka (who on earth needs 33 flavors of vodka???) ranging from Atomic Hots (cinnamon) to strawberry shortcake. They must have run out of chemical sweeteners by the time they got to the coconut bottles because it's perfectly flavored with essence of coconut.

The modern Kiki de Montparnasse is known as the name of a racy brand of luxury lingerie but I think Alice Prin would be happy to toast to that. Cheers!

Kiki de Montparnasse
2 oz coconut vodka
1/2 oz vanilla vodka
1/2 oz Rose's lime juice
2 oz pineapple juice
Combine all ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice
Shake it up and strain into a martini glass

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