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.
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.
I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.