Friday, December 20, 2013

Cocktail du Jour: The Ritzy Blonde

This might be my new favorite cocktail. It could be because I've christened it "The Ritzy Blonde" and I fancy myself a ritzy blonde. But I have no plans to be at a Ritz anytime soon and currently I'm not blonde. So it must be the deliciously smooth orange taste of Grey Goose L'Orange balanced with the Cointreau.

There's not a lot of sweetness to the drink, especially if you go with a super smooth flavored vodka like a Grey Goose, Stoli, or Belvedere. The sugar comes from the wine based French aperitif Lillet Blanc, a key ingredient in the Bond beverage, the Vesper.

I texted Mr. C&G the ingredients from my cozy fireside perch at the Ritz Carlton's Avery Bar last week and asked if he could recreate their "Blonde martini" at home. Thankfully it's pretty simple and only took 3 tries to get the crisp, clean taste just right. Our lovely libation will tide me over until our next trip down to Boston. And my next trip to the hair colorist. Cheers!

Ritzy Blonde
2 oz Grey Goose L'Orange
1 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc

Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Shake and strain into a martini glass
Garnish with an orange slice

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