When I go out to dinner, I always order a drink. Often I am amazed at how delicious and complex restaurant drinks are. They seamlessly combine so many ingredients to create a symphony of flavors that go together perfectly.
I used to think I couldn’t recreate that type of thing at home. I used to think the same thing about my favorite restaurant dishes, but then I learned the ones that I make can be just as tasty if not more so. Once I realized this, I knew I could make some outstanding cocktails as well.
And with some trial and error, I have outdone those expensive restaurant drinks. My latest creation is what I named the Sunshine Cocktail because it’s such a happy vibrant color and has flavor to make.
Alizé, a French liqueur made with premium French vodka, passion fruit nectar and other exotic flavors, inspired me. As soon as I saw the bottle, I couldn’t wait to make a recipe. It’s so glamorous and sophisticated, and created a drink with those qualities as well.
My test of liqueurs is being able to drink them straight with ease, and this is so awesome on its own. It’s one of the smoothest liqueurs I’ve ever tried and that sweetness from the passion fruit shines through without being overpowering.
This means that it mixed perfectly in my drink as well, paired simply with fresh orange juice, a little champagne, and a couple sliced strawberries. Whether you want to serve it at a party, sit outside on a warm summer evening, or even have this as a fun brunch drink, you have to make it.
Alizé is available nationally in Gold Passion, Bleu Passion, infused with cherries and ginger, and Red Passion with cranberries. I can’t wait to try all three and see why life is more fun in color. Which flavor do you want to try first?
2 ounces Alizé Gold Passion
1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
3 ounces champagne
1 sliced strawberry
Pour Alizé and orange juice into a glass. Top with champagne. Add sliced strawberry for garnish. Serve immediately.
I participated in the Alizé Passion blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.