Luxardo Sangue Morlacco
- 50ml Luxardo Sangue Morlacco
- 1 Whole Egg White
- 10ml Fresh Lemon
- 5ml Rose Water
- 1 dash Spiced Chocolate Bitters
- 2 Fresh Strawberries
La Famiglia Inspiration
My cocktail is inspired by what I feel must be the ultimate family-event - a wedding. Specifically my sister's wedding last summer. It was a pretty awesome thing seeing everyone in my family, and in the grooms family chipping in to make the day amazing, with everyone bringing there own influence and skill set to proceedings - much like how I imagine the Luxardo Family Empire maintain their incredibly high standards. It was hard to pick one aspect of this day that celebrated the coming together of 2 families, and had so many great moments, but in the end I decided to base my drink on the wedding cake. Amazingly (in my opinion) my sister, being a great baker, made her own wedding cake. 3 tiers of iced strawberry, rose and chocolate cake, which she was putting the finishing touches to in her wedding dress the morning of the big day - she's an impressive lady. When considering how I could create a cocktail that would pay homage to the cake - this symbol of unifying two families - Sangue Morlacco came immediately to mind. I already had an idea of my recipe - it had to have strawberry, rose and chocolate in it. What it didn't have was the ingredient that could bring all these elements together, at once balancing and enhancing them. The combination of sour cherries and oak ageing in Sangue was exactly what was called for. The woody, almost port like flavours amplify the strawberries to make them taste rounded and fresh, whilst the sour cherry balances the sweet fruit flavours. Sangue Morlacco obviously pairs amazingly with chocolate. The rose pairs well with each ingredient, whilst the pink peppercorn in the garnish provides a contrasting element to liven the palate - and allows me to put my own stamp on the flavour profile.
- Combine ingredients in a shaker
- Double shake - with ice first, then without ice.
- Strain in to a rocks glass dressed with a 'Cupcake Serviette' and garnish with Pink Peppercorn and Dehydrated Strawberry from a Pepper grater.