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.
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!
I guess I love the raspberry flavor of Chambord…very girly!!
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!
I believe every day should be treated special! And if your hubby likes this drink, you can treat him again on Valentine’s Day knowing he likes it!!
Looks beautiful. I’m glad you had a relaxing weekend.
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. 🙂
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Do you think it would work as well with Godiva Chocolate – I don’t have white chocolate?
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?
You are right!! Weekend getaways are a must!!! I just love the combination of Chambord Raspberry Liqueur and Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur!!!! OMG!!!!!
You make the prettiest drinks! I’m not typically a fan of “dessert” drinks, but I’d definitely give this one a try. It really is all about presentation…
Raspberry and white chocolate?! I´d love a kiss like this please!
Why have I not found your pages before.. This was great and I learnt stuff, stuff I can drink!! thank you, i will drop by again! c
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I love how you explained the process and am now craving a sweet digestif. Lovely post.
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.
I adore Godiva white chocolate liqueur. Yum!
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!!!
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!
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
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!
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I’m not a drinker, but I love finding great drink recipes to make for a get together or a party. I never heard of a Raspberry Kiss but I can’t wait to make it. Very nice post
Oh Chambord….my favorite! This looks fabulous and impressive!
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Love the combination of flavor and the colors…so elegant!
Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend Linda 🙂
Sounds like one delicious shot. I’m adding these two liqueurs to my holiday list.
That lovely little drink would be a very pleasant way to finish a meal. Sounds as though you had an enjoyable escape from the everyday life.
Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend getaway, and this looks like an amazing drink; I’m always looking for new delicious drinks to try!
Sounds like a great drink that’s a real treat. I look forward to trying this one myself!
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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I can’t wait to make this for my bookclub. We are actually much better at drinking than discussing the books!
I have never thought to do shooters for dessert! What a great idea 🙂
I love your decoration. So cute 🙂