This past weekend marked the 2nd year in a row that The Cocktail Guru team participated in the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival. This 3-day extravaganza began with a Wine & Rosecliff Gala event at Rosecliff Mansion, and was followed by 2 days of Grand Tasting Tent tables. Special guests at the festival included Jacques and Claudine Pepin, and Emeril Lagasse.
I commend my team for working and mixing cocktails like it was nobody’s business. They are hard-working, fun, and rad. We had 7 tables this year, and it was busier than ever.
One of these tables was being manned by my father. He mixed up a cocktail that I had created just weeks prior to the festival, specific to the festival. The drink, inspired by the New York upper-crust socialite Vanderbilt Family (whose summer “cottage” was Marble House, where the Grand Tasting Tent was), was enjoyed by all at the fete. I called it my “Vanderbilt Breakfast”, and at first (on paper) the ingredients may seem like an odd combination.
Once the drink is sipped, though, that opinion is completely shifted in favor of the well-balanced drink. The key player in this cocktail was Pama pomegranate liqueur. I combined it with local coffee syrup (oftentimes mixed with milk for Coffee Milk in these parts), and a splash of lemon flavored seltzer. The first sip is velvety, silky, and smooth. Once a sip is held in one’s mouth, then a light, foam-like texture is experienced (from the seltzer). The end result is charismatic and fresh, attributed to the fresh pomegranate flavor of Pama liqueur, and the full-bodied coffee syrup.
Together, these ingredients exhibited a flurry of flavor and texture – just what I look for in a cocktail. The mouth feel, as I teach in my mixology classes, is just as important as anything else in the world of tasting.
So go to it, friends. Try the recipe below and let me know what you think:
1 1/2 oz. Pama pomegranate liqueur
1/2 oz. coffee syrup
2 oz. lemon seltzer
Directions: Combine the first two ingredients over ice in a tall glass. Gently add the seltzer and stir briefly.
Garnish: orange slice inside the drink