Look into my eyes…

Sometimes you get a spirit or liqueur that is so pretty and tasty that it deserves a bit of love and attention. Especially when it isn’t very well-known…

A few years ago we were on holiday in Boston, Mass. and one afternoon we found ourselves in a little underground bar called The Hideout. For the first while we were the only customers, enjoying the quiet with the friendly barman. Over the afternoon, the place busied up a little, and we ended up in some great conversations about driving licences, getting ID’d, and even about the upcoming election (this was Obama/McCain 2008).

The Hideout

The HideoutHowever, before things got political, we were introduced to a fun new liqueur, which I think is better known in the US than it is here. Hpnotiq is a liqueur made from fruit juices, vodka and cognac, and is 34% proof. As you can see, it is also a glorious pale blue colour.

HpnotiqNow, Hpnotiq is lovely just over ice, or with lemonade, but I thought it would make a great cocktail, with delicate flavours and lovely colours, so here’s one you can make at home:

Under Control

  • 50ml Hpnotiq Liqueur
  • 15ml Cariel Vanilla Vodka
  • 30ml Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3 dashes Orange Bitters

Shake all ingredients with ice until shaker frosts, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with anything blue! If you don’t have orange bitters, you could use a splash of Triple Sec instead for that orange flavour.

Under ControlI am using beautiful Reidel hollow-stemmed martini glasses for this one, as they look so pretty with the pale blue liquid. I love these glasses, a lovely gift from a friend, but they are very delicate, so are only used for special occasions! Any martini glass would do the job, or even a wine glass over some ice.

What do you think? When I see this kind of thing behind a bar I imagine it mostly gets consumed in shot form, but its nice to try and make something a bit different every now and then!

Have a lovely weekend, and whatever you get up to, enjoy (responsibly) x

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