Drillaud Recipe: The Aviation

We’re still hot on Drillaud French Liqueur. Why? The lineup offers great flavors at a huge savings compared to more famous brands, what with their advertising budgets and well-paid spokespeople and corporate jets and all.

 

Cocktail GlassAviation

 

2 oz Hendrick’s Gin
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1/2 oz Drillaud Creme de Violette

 

   Shake ingredients with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Drop in two Luxardo Marasche Cherries.

 

You can use any gin for this recipe, but we especially love the way the cucumber, rose pedal, and other botanicals in Hendrick’s work so well with the round, floral Drillaud Violette. The inclusion of Creme de Violette gives you a more authentic, classic Aviation. We’re excited to offer the usually tough-to-get liqueur that used to be the cornerstone of this cocktail.

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Drillaud Recipe: The Water Lily

Here’s another cocktail recipe featuring Drillaud French Liqueur. This time we dig up a more obscure cocktail that features more than one of the Drillaud flavors:

 

Cocktail GlassWater Lily

 

3/4 oz gin
3/4 oz Drillaud Orange Brandy
3/4 oz Drillaud Creme de Violette
3/4 oz lemon juice

 

   Shake ingredients with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist. 

 

Some people prefer a little more gin – add up to 2 oz if you like it less sweet and more cutting and botanical.

We must admit finding this one in Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide (a really great resource, by the way). We tried it because it uses more than one of the Drillaud flavors, but we recommend it because it is delicious. The water lily is a bright, floral cocktail that reminds us of springtime. The tart combination of floral, herbal and citrus notes can be quite potent.

 

Drillaud Recipe: Kir Royale

Yet another cocktail recipe featuring Drillaud Liqueur, the new Binny’s exclusive line that offers great taste and big savings compared to famous brands.

This time we’re focusing on the Kir Royale, the drink to order whenever you’re in Dijon. Or, the drink to make whenever you have too much Champagne around.

Champagne FluteKir Royale

   4 oz brut Champagne
1 oz Drillaud Creme de Cassis

   This classic sparkling cocktail is pretty basic top off a flute of Champagne with a little Creme de Cassis. Mix it to taste we prefer a soft touch of Cassis, but if you like it heavier, then add more.

If you use sparkling wine that isn’t Champage (which is totally fine) then it’s called a Kir Petillant instead. Petillant simply meaning “sparkling” in French. Our Champagne guy suggests Nino Franco Prosecco Rusitco as a favorite mixable smarkling wine.

The basic idea here is that you’re adding a small amount of flavoring – usually Creme de Cassis, the liqueur from Blackcurrant – to your favorite sparkler.

The Kir is a versatile drink. Don’t care for Cassis? Other Drillaud flavors work just as well in sparkling wine. Try it with the Drillaud RaspberryBlackberryBlueberry, or one of our favorites, the Pear flavor.

Drillaud Recipe: Mango Sunrise

Here’s another great cocktail recipe featuring Drillaud French liqueuers. Drillaud – exclusive to Binny’s Beverage Depot – gives you all the great flavor you need for world-class cocktails at a big savings.

 

Rocks GlassMango Sunrise

 

2 oz Drillaud Mango
2 oz rum
6 oz orange juice
1/2 oz grenadine

 

   Pour spirits over rocks in a tall glass, fill with orange juice. Pour grenadine to sink for a layered effect.

 

Sure, everybody knows the classic tequila sunrise. Here’s a rum-based tropical twist. Just make sure you like mango, because the Drillaud is really authentic in its tropical flavor.

The key to pouring a sunrise, be it tequila or mango, is in the layering. Don’t stir or it will turn into a fruity, opaque pink. Pour the grenadine carefully off the back of a bar spoon so it sinks to the bottom of the drink.

For a creamy twist, you can also add vanilla extract.

 

Drillaud Recipe: Top Shelf Margarita

Here is another classic cocktail recipe featuring the Binny’s exclusive Drillaud French liqueurs. Use Drillaud for timeless cocktails with all the horsepower of famous brands without the extra cost.

Sorry if it seems like an obvious choice, but the Margarita is a quintessential cocktail. It is often misunderstood and happens to be one of our favorites. Skip the salted rim, the sugary syrups and the blending (we’re getting too old for ice cream headaches) and you have a crisp and balanced cocktail that can feature the flavors of your favorite tequila.

Rocks GlassTop Shelf Margarita

   2 oz tequila
1 oz Drillaud Orange Brandy
1/2 oz fresh lime juice

   Mix ingredients in a rocks glass over ice, stir. Garnish with a lime wedge. For a good time, double the recipe and serve in a mason jar.

You might notice that, much like the Sidecar, we prefer to mix a little in favor of tequila. After all, we like tequila. Why mask it behind too much citrus flavor? Again, for this cocktail, some bartenders prefer the 3:2:1 ratio, meaning 1 1/2 oz tequila.

If you want a boost of orange flavor and a sweeter Margarita, substitute Drillaud Triple Sec in for the Orange Brandy. And if you want to make it electric, use the Drillaud Blue Curacao. That will give your Margarita a little less orange (the fruit) and a ton more blue (the color).

The real joy in a good Margarita is the ability to appreciate the flavors of your favorite tequila while still enjoying a sweeter, balanced cocktail. So pick a tequila with some flavors – something you wouldn’t mind drinking on its own. We really like El Jimador Reposado. It might be the best $20 tequila we have – very flavorful, smooth and mixable.

Here’s a tip from Joe M: for an extra kick, give your Margarita a “Smoky Floater” by adding a touch of mezcal after mixing. We’ve tried mezcalritas – that would be a Margarita with mezcal in place of the tequila – but they’re a bit too hammy, funky and smoky for our tastes. Add just a touch of mezcal to the top, though, to get the aromatic complexity of mezcal without overpowering the entire cocktail.

Drillaud Recipe: Pear Gin & Tonic

When we found Drillaud French liqueurs, we knew we had something special. A collection of mixable spirits that rival famous brands in terms of taste while saving you money? Awesome. After all, why buy a Cadillac when you can get the same features and horsepower in a Ford?

Remember that resale value doesn’t count in spirits.

Be sure to give Drillaud – a Binny’s exclusive – a try. To spark your mixing imagination, we’re going to post some cocktail ideas featuring Drillaud liqueurs here on the Binny’s Spirits Blog. Have some cocktail ideas of your own? Share them down there in the comments.

 

Rocks GlassPear Gin & Tonic

 

2 oz gin
1 oz Drillaud Pear
3 parts tonic water

 

   Mix ingredients in a rocks glass over ice, stir. Garnish with a pear slice for a softly sweetened Gin & Tonic with a cool twist.

 

We prefer a dry, crisp, and aromatic gin such as the new Caorunn Gin from Scotland’s Balmenach distillery. The breadth and sweetness of the Drillaud Pear balances out with the sharp botanicals of the gin. This makes for a sweeter, broader G&T with more weight than usual.

You know that one Gin & Tonic that comes in a flimsy plastic cup, with one little bitter lime triangle floating in there, and it costs like twelve bucks when you go to a concert? You know what we’re talking about. This is better than that.

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Drillaud Recipe: Sidecar

Here’s another classic cocktail recipe featuring Drillaud Liqueur, the new Binny’s exclusive line that offers big savings on great French liqueurs. These flavors hold their own against famous brands. But they cost a lot less.

The Sidecar – a classic cocktail and a great choice for fall. The sidecar is round and easygoing with a little sweetness and plenty of warmth, a great balance of cognac and citrus. Here’s how we make it:

 

Cocktail GlassSidecar

 

2 oz Cognac
1 oz Drillaud Orange Brandy
1/2 oz lemon juice

 

   Shake ingredients with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange wedge. For a sweeter sidecar with more orange flavor, use Triple Sec instead of Orange Brandy. 

 

We do not suggest substituting Blue Curacao. That would look gross.

A favorite Cognac of ours for the Sidecar is Jacques Arnoul. It’s great for mixing – easy drinking, inexpensive cognac with just enough cut for the Sidecar. Plus it’s at the right price: $20 for the VS, $30 for the VSOP.

   We prefer a little more Cognac in our Sidecar, but a popular ratio for this type of cocktail is 3:2:1 – which would be 1 1/2 oz cognac, 1 oz Orange Brandy and 1/2 oz lemon juice. The lemon juice counters the round sweetness of the Orange Brandy or Triple Sec and the warm nuttiness of the Cognac.

   Also, some people sugar the rim of their cocktail glass for a sidecar. We do not prefer this. We are already sweet enough.

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Binny’s Exclusive: Drillaud

They told me that Binny’s would be picking up an exclusive new line of liqueurs. They said they would come from a craft distillery in France – Burgundy, actually – that specializes in complex liqueurs to compete in flavor with big brands at a fraction of the price. My cynicism kicked in big time.

There’s a trend going on in mixable spirits; mixologists are moving from the neon colored corn syrup they poured in the 90′s to serious and unique flavors that give today’s cocktails their charm. Can Drillaud compete?

So when the boxes and boxes of Drillaud liqueur finally arrived, I met with Brett and we tasted all ten flavors. Yes, they are honest, thoughtful expressions of flavor that offer big savings compared to more well-known brands. My notes:

Beautiful Bottles

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