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January 10, 2011

#10: Absolutely Fabulous

2 oz Vodka or Citrus Vodka
1 oz Cranberry Juice
Combine into a mixing glass filled with ice and shake.
Strain into a chilled glass, top with 1 oz champagne, and garnish with a twist.

Everything seems pretty straightforward, until you read about the twist. What kind of twist? I assumed orange, especially in light of the fact that you can use Citrus Vodka in this, which I did. After reading a bit on garnishes, it seems like lemons are for twists, so that's what I used. Seems you are supposed to run the twist along the rim of the glass before drowning the poor sucker, so there.

It tasted like champagne flavored vodka. Pretty boring. The cranberry didn't make much of an appearance or add much to this, but the garnish added a tiny touch of flavor to the rim, and certainly looks nice. Straining this into a chilled glass made it seem sort of weak. I would have preferred this on the rocks. I think the idea of some melting water in there might have made the champagne seem more easy flowing on the tongue, and might bring out the other flavors a bit more.

This drink is good for Sunday brunch, especially when you don't want people to know you are having vodka at 10 am.

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