A special cocktail is in order for a big celebration. Late last summer, as my daughter’s Labor Day wedding was approaching, the Utah Mixologist was in search of a signature cocktail for the reception that was to be held at the Red Pine Lodge at the Canyons Resort. Regular readers are aware that the Utah Mixologist creates his own cocktails from time to time, and some of them are not too bad (the Rum-based Rapture and the Rye-based Rapple come to mind), but for his daughter’s wedding he wanted something really good; that meant getting a professional involved. Finding where to find someone capable of creating a great cocktail recipe seemed like a good job for social media. One of my Twitter friends, @LocalBonVivant, (a.k.a. Christian Schnurr in the real world) came to mind. Christian is the bartender up in Park City, and a real professional. He enthusiastically volunteered to develop a signature cocktail recipe for the big event and came through with a beauty! Christian’s creation, dubbed the JTJ Cocktail (for the initials of my daughter and her (then) fiancé), was a big hit with the guests based on the bar bill I received from Canyons catering. Everyone I saw with one loved it.
The recipe is not overly complex, making this a good candidate cocktail for your New Year’s Eve party. This is probably a good year to go high-end on your New Year celebration since it may well be (at least according to the Mayan calendar) the last New Year’s party you ever have. There’s a good chance you have everything you need, except perhaps the St. Germain Liqueur (CS# 066836 in limited distribution in Utah, so be sure to call ahead). Ketel One® Vodka, a small batch hand-crafted Vodka that sells around 2 million cases a year (seems a little contradictory, but it is good Vodka) goes great in Vodka Martinis, and works well here, too. You should enjoy the interplay between the orange from the Grand Marnier and the floral notes from the elderflowers in the St. Germain. As for the Rosé, there are a lot of sparkling Rosés out there, at home we went with Korbel based on their other sparkling wines, which are pretty decent. The frozen grapes will melt faster than you think, but warn your guests to be careful before biting down just the same.
- 1 oz Ketel One® Vodka
- 0.75 oz St. Germain® Liqueur
- 0.5 oz Grand Marnier® Liqueur
- 0.5 oz Simple Syrup
- Sparkling Rosé (for fill, anything works here as long as you don’t go too cheap)
Add all ingredients, except Rosé, into a shaker filled with ice. Hard shake and then strain into a cocktail glass. Fill with chilled Rosé. Garnish with frozen red grapes on a skewer.