Red Velvet

Before today I have not posted a singular real drink recipe, but this one struck my fancy.  I was at work, working on work, when we discussed the notion of a Red Velvet, but to know what a Red Velvet is, you first have to know what a Black Velvet is.  The first time I’d ever had a Black Velvet was in Cannes, France at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, and I was given it by Tyler Martinolich, one of my mentors and an all around awesome person.  We had just seen the film, Antichrist, by Lars Von Trere. . . If you haven’t seen it, don’t worry about it, but either way, after the movie ended we were all horrified and Tyler suggested grabbing some drinks at the pub down the street.

It was there, in a little Irish pub for foreigners in Cannes, that we were introduced to the Black Velvet; traditionally it’s a 50/50 mixture of Champagne and Guinness, but it can also be done with a sparkling cider.  Tyler had us try their house version that was Guinness and cider, it was good, but then he had us try the real Black Velvet with Champagne and Guinness.  It was a flavor combo I still think of, the light sweetness of the Champagne doesn’t contrast the full bodied rich flavor of the Guinness, it just softened it, and developed a sweetness that isn’t naturally found in Guinness, but was greatly welcomed.  That moment obviously had an impact on me, because here I am three years later working on Los Angeles in Film/TV and still trying to drink Black Velvets any chance I can.

Which leads us to the present and the creation of the Red Velvet.  It’s a mixture of Champagne, Red Bull, and Pomegranate Blueberry Juice.  It’s on the complete opposite spectrum of the Black Velvet, it’s tart, sweet, and light.  I’m sure that it can be considered overly sweet by many, but when you’re using Red Bull it’s hard to mask the raw energy drink flavor.  That’s where the Pomegranate Blueberry juice steps up, it softens the blow of the Red Bull before the Champagne sneaks in behind to give you a slightly astringent alcoholic kick.  I will by no means claim it to be as good as a Black Velvet, but I will claim it to be an awesome drink for parties, or out at the clubs.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Bottle of Champagne(Chilled) – Extra Dry works well to balance the sweetness of the fruit
  • 1 8oz Can Red Bull (Though I prefer Pitbull Energy Drinks)
  • 1 Bottle Pomegranate Blueberry Juice
  • 1/3 Cup Blueberries
  • 1/3 Cup Pomegranate Seeds

 

RECIPE

1 Part = 1 Shot

  1. Combine 2 Parts Red Bull and 2 Parts Pomegranate Blueberry Juice
  2. Add 3 Parts Champagne
  3. Add 3 Blueberries and 6 Pomegranate Seeds

That’s right, the story was longer than the recipe, but the story’s important so you can tell people how this drink came to end up in their hand.  It has a sweet tart flavor that is complimented by the effervescent bubbles from both the champagne and the red bull.  When it gets to the bottom you’ve got soft blueberries and crunchy pomegranate seeds too which is always nice!  Let me know what you think about my first drink recipe!

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