Cocktail Recipe: The 14 by Belvedere Vodka & Perrier
Our friends at Belvedere Vodka recently concocted the delicious Belvedere Lemon Tea and Perrier cocktail (see the recipe here), a simple, easy-to-mix libation that was the our drink du jour of the summer. As our site's 14-month anniversary taking place throughout the month of September approached, we came up with perhaps one of the craziest ideas ever in mixology: a cocktail with 14 ingredients.
We turned to our friends at Belvedere Vodka to see what they could come up with, and they did the impossible with The 14 by Belvedere Vodka & Perrier. Created by Claire Smith, head of spirit creation & mixology, the cocktail does the impossible by including 14 ingredients in a clever, understated way.
"Rather than create a cocktail that had numerous dashes or small splashes in order to try and allow the Belvedere to come through, I instead chose to use this as an opportunity to illustrate our maceration process," explains Claire Smith. "Belvedere ‘macerates,’ or infuses, real fresh fruits, herbs and spices into our vodkas to create wonderfully complex and naturally tasting flavored vodkas. Our ingredients read like a shopping list: black tea, chamomile, fresh lemons, limes, grapefruits and mandarins, can all be found in our freshly flavored vodkas. So, rather than ‘add’ 14 ingredients, I chose a selection of our flavored vodkas that when combined, form a list of 14 fresh fruit distillates that are used in the production of each flavor."
Without further ado, here is the recipe. So join us in a toast celebrating our 14-month anniversary and to our good friends at Belvedere Vodka. Cheers!
Dry shake (without ice) all ingredients. Add ice and re-shake. Pour into a highball glass (no ice) and top with Perrier grapefruit (or any, all will work). Garnish with a drop of Angostura Bitters on top of the foam.
The idea is that there are 8 ingredients in Belvedere Lemon Tea, 3 in Belvedere Perrier Grapefruit and 3 in Belvedere Orange = 14 'ingredients.' This way we can communicate on our use of real, fresh ingredients with the macerations, rather than cover up the vodka with a ton of other ingredients.