It’s a Friday, I have a new bottle of PAMA liqueur and I felt like experimenting. I wanted something light, with a little whiskey in it and not too sweet. I came up with a cocktail that’s a combination of bourbon, PAMA and champagne with a little dash of black walnut bitters to add a nutty note.
If you prefer a sweeter champagne cocktail, use a champagne or sparkling wine that’s sweeter. The PAMA, a pomegranate liqueur, isn’t overly sweet. It has a slight sour taste to it, like fresh pomegranate juice.
So you have The Pilfer, when you need to sneak a little out of the bottles without being noticed:
1/2 oz Larceny bourbon
1/2 oz Pama liqueur
1 dash Black walnut bitters
Amarena cocktail cherry
Add the bourbon, PAMA and bitters to a mixing glass with ice and stir briefly. Straing into a champagne glass and top with champagne or your choice of sparkling wine. Garnish with a sweet cocktail cherry and watch the bubbles rise from the cherry to the top of the glass.
Cheers to Fri-yay!
Yes, Virginia, you can make a cocktail without bourbon. Just in case you need a little pre-Valentine cocktail that hints of that romantic favorite chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, I've got you covered.
I've kept the chocolate taste in this light, not heavy, since creme de cacao is so sweet. Even Venus would fall for a few a these. If you prefer a less sweet drink, choose a dry champagne to counter the syrup and cacao.
1 oz strawberry simple syrup
1/2 oz creme de cacao
4 - 6 oz Champagne
Garnish - fresh strawberry
Combine the strawberry simple syrup and creme de cacao in a mixing glass. Add ice, and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a champagne flute and top with champagne. Garnish with fresh strawberry.
Heather Wibbels is a cocktail enthusiast who spends her time thinking about cocktails, researching cocktails and making cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location.