Thursday, December 16, 2010

Let it Blanche, let it Blanche, let it Blanche...

Earlier this year we were able to taste the excellent and deliciously aromatic Blanche Armagnac from Domaine des Cassagnoles (their shop is located close to Gondrin between Condom and Eauze). Until last night I couldn’t decide if I preferred it straight-up at room temperature or ‘frozen’ and poured over and to accompany Prune & Armagnac ice cream. Now however this Yuletide Martini has entered my life and has gone straight in at number one!!


* Ice cubes
* 250ml Blanche Armagnac
* 75ml dry vermouth
* 125ml cranberry juice
* 8 cranberries, frozen
* 4 lemon zest twists


1. Put 4 martini glasses in the freezer to chill for at least 30 minutes.
2. Just before serving, fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Pour in the Blanche, vermouth and cranberry juice. Cover with the lid and shake vigorously up and down for about 10 seconds. Strain into the chilled glasses, dividing evenly.
3. Garnish each glass with 2 frozen cranberries and a lemon twist. Serve immediately.

Serves 4.