Sekt in the City – Cocktail Recipe
30th December 2020
I hold my hands up on this one, the title is a little bit misleading and I apologise – There is no City featured in this article, but the remaining words still feature heavily!
Say it too quickly or once you may have had a few too many, then Sekt isn’t that far off another word that the good old British Carry On movie team would refer to as ‘punching your ticket‘ or ‘It’s one thing on top of another‘ – Yes, it’s Sex.
“The translation of ‘Sekt’ in the world of wine is Sparkling Wine. Used in Germany, this word will feature on bottle of white sparkling wines that originate from Germany. You will also see the word ‘Sekt’ on bottles from Austria.“
Now to pay homage to the origination of the title and where the inspiration came from, or if I am honest, where I copied it from – Sex and the City was a highly popular American romantic comedy-drama television series that ran from 1998 to 2004 with 94 episodes (there was also two feature films).
“Sex and the City: Set and filmed in New York City, the show follows the lives of a group of four women—three in their mid-thirties and one in her forties—who, despite their different natures and ever-changing sex lives, remain inseparable and confide in each other.” source Wikipedia
Sekt in the City Cocktail:
I wanted to give this cocktail a fizzy twist and of course use Sekt so I chose our friends over in Germany at the Motzenbäcker winery who’ve a very applicable Blanc de Blancs label for this project. Alongside the fizz I wanted to give the cocktail a pink theme with cranberry juice, Chambord, Grenadine and pink gin (Mirabeau). Shaken not stirred and with a very fruit feel – Look sexy and taste sexy is the goal for this cocktail.
Where did cocktails originate from? There are a few different stories on the exact origin and with regards the origin of mixology with spirits then it is suggested this started in England with ‘punch‘.
“According to legend, the world’s first cocktail was invented by apothecary owner Antoine Peychaud in New Orleans. He decided to name the cocktail after the drink’s main ingredient: Sazerac French brandy.” source MyKitchen
As cocktails take many formats from those which are dry and spicy to those full of fruits and umbrellas (made famous by Del Boy Trotter). With spirits galore, wines, fruit juices, condiments and more we have a wide choice of in front of us when it comes to creating cocktails.
For this Sekt in the City cocktail we are going for the following ingredients which you will easily find at your local supermarket and ordering your wine / gin online:
- Sekt – Motzenbäcker Blanc de Blanc
- Mirabeau Rosé Gin
- Chambord (black raspberry liqueur)
- Cranberry Juice
- Fresh strawberry, cranberry, blueberry
- Powdered sugar
- Water (spray)
- Add one shot of rosé gin, a splash of Chambord and Grenadine, cranberry juice in a shaker and mix away
- Prepare cocktail glass by spraying edge with water and then dust with powdered / icing sugar
- Add the mix to the glass
- Pour the sparkling wine to fill glass as required
- Add to cocktail cranberries (sliced) and blueberries
- Add to side of glass a full strawberry
‘Sekt in the City’ Cocktail tasting notes: “Oh this is very moreish. The initial alert from the palate thanks to the powdered sugar on the glass rim livens the expression of delicate pink floral and red berry fruits with a clean gin character in the background. All the ingredients seem to battle with respect in getting your attention, it is so easy to drink and enjoy. You can experiment here by changing the levels of ingredients, though for me half being sparkling wine and the rest for gin/grenadine/Chambord/cranberry juice works fine. The sparkling wine isn’t overly expressive in any flavours in this cocktail – Once again, everything balances so well.”
Motzenbäcker Blanc de Blanc tasting notes: “Soft rounded nose with honey, peach, apricot along with delicate white floral notes. Flavours are fruity and livening, mostly yellow fruits with soft citrus, floral and juicy white peach.“
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