Cocktail Parties

A Spring Evening with Chareau

April 25, 2018

When my backyard is glowing with fresh springtime greenery, all I really want to do is to kick back and enjoy a refreshing cocktail with plenty of fruits. Preferably with a low ABV cocktail in hand so that I can linger outside for as long as I want while watching the orange rays of sunshine flickering through the leaves. To enjoy a slow evening with friends and to catch up on each other’s recent travels, I prepared some finger foods and made four cocktail recipes using Chareau, one of our favorite spirits. The notes of muskmelon and cucumber made Chareau a versatile ingredient in fruit forward drinks, and I usually like to pair it with a base spirit. Similar to Luxardo maraschino liquor and St Germain, Chareau is on the sweeter side with a strong scent so it works best as an enhancer to cocktails that have a mild aroma. It’s ability to instantly freshen up your drink comes in handy when you don’t have fresh fruits in your kitchen as well!

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Blueberry Chareau
  • 20 blueberries
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz Chareau
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup (made with equal volume raw sugar and water)

Muddle the blueberries in a shaker tin. Add the rest of the ingredients and ice. Shake and double strain into a stemless wine glass with fresh ice.

Apple Chareau
  • 2 oz freshly juiced apple juice
  • 1/2 oz Chareau
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/4 oz lime juice
  • apple slice for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a coupe and garnish with one apple slice.

Spa Chareau
  • 2 oz unsweetened green tea
  • 1 oz Chareau
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz honey syrup (made with equal volume honey and water)
  • 1/4 oz creme de peche (we used Edmond Briottet)
  • 1 sprig basil

Combine all ingredients except for the basil in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with basil sprig.

Cantalope Chareau
  • 4 one inch cubes of cantaloupe
  • 1 oz Chareau
  • 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup (made with equal volume raw sugar and water)
  • sparkling wine to top
  • 1 slice prociutto

In a shaker tin, muddle 3 of the cantaloupe cubes. Add the Chareau, gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice and shake. Strain into a coupe and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a prociutto wrapped cantaloupe on a tooth pick.

 

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