Thursday, June 28, 2012

Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

Let's rewind to this past Saturday night and in comes two of my favorite peeps Peggy and Joel dressed to the nines from a night out at a wedding. In comes Peggy bearing a gift for yours truly. Apparently they came across a bottle of Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur and gave it to little old me. Aren't I the lucky one, No? But what to do with the Domaine de Canton.

First off the bottle is definitely original. But what exactly is Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur. Here is how it is described on the Domaine de Canton website:
Revered for centuries for its health and mystical properties, ginger is a versatile and unique ingredient. Domaine de Canton captures the very essence of fresh baby ginger. It is married with fine eau de vie, VSOP, and XO Grande Champagne Cognacs, which when crafted with fresh Tahitian vanilla beans, Provencal honey, and Tunisian ginseng add both vibrancy and dimension. To maintain the highest quality possible, Domaine de Canton is handmade naturally without preservatives or colorants.

Each bottle of Domaine de Canton begins with the selection of only the finest, fresh baby Vietnamese ginger. The baby ginger is peeled and cut by hand and then, in France's aquitaine region, it is macerated with a blend of herbs and spices to unlock its fresh essence. Domaine de Canton is made in small batches by hand and, therefore, mass quantities are not possible. Each batch of Domaine de Canton boasts a distinctively bright, fresh, yet rich and complex ginger flavor.

Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur was inspired by the French tradition in which sweet and fresh elixirs were fortified by fine eaux de vie and cognac. Spicy and aromatic elixirs became popular with the French during the time of colonial Indochine. Domaine de Canton is inspired by the subtle spiciness of the baby ginger grown locally in modern day Indochine. The result is a recipe which evokes an era of tropical romance and continental sophistication that is both elegant and timeless.

So how does it smell and taste. I found that it has a very subtle ginger aroma to it and it has a very rich and sweet taste. I can pick out the ginger, vanilla and to a certain degree the ginseng. It left a tingly feeling on my tongue. I had Alice taste it and she found it to be too sweet for her tastes. So what can I make with it.

I went looking for recipes on their website and found one I could make simply at the end of the night. Here it is:

French Ginger Martini
2 Parts Domaine de Canton
2 Parts Grey Goose Vodka
1 Splash Grand Marnier

Build over ice, shake well and serve in a chilled martini glass.
I gave Mel a taste to see if he liked it and he found that it had an sweet artificial taste that he didn't find appealing. Perhaps I added more than the recommended "splash" of Grand Marnier that the recipe calls for. I personally liked it. I found it very light. Not heavy in the least even if it was sweet.

Until Then Happy Drinking,
Sisco Vanilla