Friday, May 25, 2012

The Dawn Metropolitan Cocktail

As a side note to my Cosmopolitan: Cook or DeGroff Version post, I was asked by linguist extraordinare Dawn to make her a Metropolitan.

What's a Metropolitan? Aside from a baseball player who plays in Citi Field, a Metropolitan (As per Dawn) is a cocktail that has the following recipe:
Metropolitan
1.5 oz of Absolute Citron
.5 Cointreau
.25 Rose Lime or Fresh Lime
1 oz of Chambord
Lemon Twist

Shake With ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass
According to the Chambord website:
Chambord is the premium black raspberry liqueur with a fine French heritage. According to legend, in 1685 King Louis XIV visited Château Chambord, where he enjoyed a marvelous liqueur made from wild raspberries. This liqueur inspired the spirit that today is known as Chambord Liqueur Royale de France. The rich heritage of the Liqueur Royale is now celebrated in the reintroduction of Chambord, the world-renowned black raspberry liqueur for the modern mixologist.

Just two hours south of Paris, in an area fondly called The Garden of France, is the home of Chambord. The liqueur is crafted in a state-of-the-art facility on the grounds of La Sistiere, a magnificent chateau nestled in Cour Cheverny in the Loire Valley. Here, the Master Blender watches over the blending of each batch according to a 300-year-old tradition.

"Chambord Liqueur possesses a rich heritage of being made from the finest fruits and is created through a classic process that is parallel in quality to the finest French cuisine and wine."

~Michel Gayraud
Now as I check online and in my trusty Mr. Boston's Official Bartender's Guind 75th edition, this is the common recipe found under the name Metropolitan Cocktail:
Metropolitan
1.25 oz Brandy
1.25 oz Sweet Vernouth
.25 oz Simple Syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir With ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass
Aside from the glass to be served in, both of them are different drinks. The closest that I was able to find to the drink Dawn suggested to me was the Raspberry Lemon Drop. As with many of the newer drinks, there is no uniformity when it comes to ingredients. You'll see that in the two recipes I link to in the "For Further Reading" category. For argument's sake let's call the one I made "Dawn's Metropolitan Cocktail".

How did it taste? I like how the Raspberry flavor of the Chambord plays with the Absolute Citron and the Cointreau. It makes for a tasty cocktail and a pretty light to medium purple color. It's definitely the kind of cocktail that you would order for a lady if she asks for you to order her a drink.

Thanks to Dawn for introducing this drink to me. I appreciate it. :) Anyone have any suggestions on what we can refer this drink to?

Happy Drinking,
Sisco Vanilla

For Further Reading
- Click Here to access Men In Aprons' recipe for a Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini

- Click Here for the Mystery Lovers' Kitchen recipe for the Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini