Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Thirsty Thursday: American Beauty

Hello Vintage-istas!

Welcome to another installment of Thirsty Thursday! Keeping with our week-long Independence Day theme, we are going to show you how to make The Vintage Chanteuse's unique take on a truly "red, white, & blue" cocktail titled "The American Beauty."

If you search on the web for "American Beauty cocktail," you will actually find quite an array of different cocktails, with base spirits ranging from gin, vodka, and even brandy. The version we're sharing is steeped with a bit of irony, using London dry gin (from whom we gained our independence, of course!). This gives us our "white," and the "red and blue" comes from the muddled raspberries and blueberries! Let's take a look at our ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 3 raspberries
  • 3 blueberries
  • Mint leaves
  • Splash of brut sparkling wine
  • Berries for garnish
Preparation: Begin by muddling well the lemon juice, mint leaves and berries in bottom of shaker. Then, add ice and the remaining ingredients (save the sparkling wine) and shake well, until ice crystals form on exterior of shaker. Strain into a lowball filled with ice (ensuring the pulp from the berries makes it into the glass), top off with sparkling wine and garnish with a few extra berries skewed on a toothpick!


Mixing both our retro and Americana themes for this week's installment, we've chosen Ray Charles' timeless version of "America the Beautiful" as our recommended accompaniment. If you're like me, you grew up first hearing this song on the movie The Sandlot. Because of this, this version will forever be cemented in our minds as the quintessential 4th of July anthem. Until next week, stay safe and happy Independence Day!


The Vintage Chanteuse

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