Raspberry Kiss

Long weekend getaways always excite me.  Taking a few days to escape from the reality of day-to-day responsibilities refreshes and recharges me.  I try to continue the relaxing momentum for as long as I can before the chores of life kick in.  Memories are the souvenirs I take home with me to tap into when I need a lift.  And probably like all food lovers, the preparation, presentation and taste of the many meals I ate are all mentally noted.

Every evening on our trip we were presented with pretty layered after dinner cocktails.  I excitedly inquired about each drink’s layered flavors and playful names. I love after dinner liqueurs that either replace a dessert or compliment a small treat, such as served with a chocolate covered strawberry, chocolate espresso beans or a small biscotti.  What I also love about these “dessert” drinks is that when I plan a last-minute dinner party and don’t have time to prepare a dessert, having a well stocked bar and a few tried and true favorite recipes, I can easily impress my guests with a fancy fun ending.

The layering of liqueurs does take just a bit of practice and patience to slowly pour clean layers.  The trick is to pour the “heaviest” liquor first, continuing to finish with the lightest.  Basically, alcohol weighs less than water, therefore those higher in alcohol are lighter and float on top.  A specific gravity chart I follow is at this link, http://supercocktails.com/bartending/Layering-Cocktails—Specific-Gravity-Chart

Another important step is in how the liqueur is poured.  The first heaviest liqueur should be gently poured directly into the glass to not “splash” up the sides of the glass.  The next layer should be poured gently over the back of a spoon that is placed in the glass just above the first layer.  This way the liqueur slowly tops the thicker bottom layer.  When there is a larger difference of alcohol (gravity) count between the layers, the more definite the layers will appear.  Finally, carefully move the glasses so that the layers don’t mix around.   Narrow glasses are best to use.

Raspberry Kiss

per kiss…. 1 shot Chambord Raspberry Liqueur, 1/2 to 1 shot Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, depending on the glass size or layering effect desired

Following the guidelines above, gently pour  the Chambord on the bottom of the glass topping with the Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur.  Sip and enjoy.

32 thoughts on “Raspberry Kiss

  1. Mmm, this would be perfect for Valentine’s Day! Glad to hear you got a chance to get away for a weekend trip. I took some time off to spend with my kids and another surprise visit from my mother-in-law. I have to say you are the Chambord Queen of drinks!

  2. Gosh, I’ve never had a layered drink! I will surprise my husband making one for us, indeed this one would be perfect for Valentine’s Day, but who wants to wait that long? 😉

    loved the photo, by the way!

  3. I love weekend getaways too, especially if drinks like this are involved! I’ve never had a layered drink though…looks and sounds awesome. Great way to impress guests. 🙂

    1. The Godiva Chocolate will work in the same manner as the white, however, the contrast in color will be minimal. With the Chocolate Godiva, possibly peppermint schapps for a chocolocate mint drink?

  4. wow, wow, wow, love the sounds of the Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur – didn’t even know, such a thing existed… Glad you had an enjoyable getaway – keep drawing on those beautiful memories. Love the sea shell decorated plate – so pretty and the blue is a great complement to the colour of the Raspberry Kiss.

  5. I’ve never had a layered alcoholic drink before. I had a lava flow in Hawaii, but I was pregnant with Miss A so it was a non-alcoholic version. Good, but not quite as fun. This looks fabulous and I just love raspberry!!!

  6. Oh my, how have I not hard of Godiva white chocolate liqueur before?? I used to make a whole away of horrendous looking, vomit-inducing drinks when I worked at a bar… I’d call them “mystery shots” and basically sling everything into them, they looked positively revolting, especially when heavy on worcestershire sauce :p, although I’ve never had anything actually good like this. Looks delicious!

  7. I am seeing this in my future very soon after the baby is born. It looks amazing! Love the name of it too- I am with the others it would be perfect for valentines day just because of the name and ingredients

  8. Layered drinks are always impressive, made even more so by those glasses of yours. Very nice. As if that’s not enough, you’re combining Chambord with Godiva White? Great job, all the way around!

  9. Oh Chambord….my favorite! This looks fabulous and impressive!
    Linda, I’ve tagged you in the seven links game. Hope you’ll play along! Have a great day!

  10. I’ve never had or even heard of a layered liqueur before, but it sounds almost like an art trying to think of pairings and just getting the pouring to look pretty! This raspberry kiss sounds amazing!

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