Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar – Day 22 = Lilac Luminaria. In case this is the first time you’ve seen the word “luminaria” it’s a small paper lantern, commonly a paper bag with a candle set inside. It’s significant in Hispanic cultures around Christmastime.
I’ve named this cocktail “Lilac Luminaria” because it is a beautiful soft purple with a seemingly ethereal glow.
I write this post to you as I sit in the Ottawa airport just after 5 a.m. this morning. I got a total sum of 4 hours of sleep and woke up at 3:40 a.m. to come to the airport.
I always sleep poorly before an early flight – I’m terrified of sleeping through my myriad alarms and missing my flight entirely. I was also scrambling to get my life in order before heading South yesterday and was up later than I’d intended.
I had critical items to cross off my to-do list yesterday like a hair appointment (okay, maybe not critical) and making and capturing the final three instalments of the Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar.
I am realizing now that everything in this shoot is a little bit off-kilter, which is about how I feel after 4 hours of sleep. While this etched silver tray is a beautiful vintage piece, it’s not exactly level. Note to self.
Actually, scratch that, I’m an auteur and I’m transporting you, the viewer, into the visual perspective that you’ll have after consuming a few of these.
This cocktail is perfectly balanced – the healthy portion of lime juice and splash of grapefruit kombucha serve as a foil for the very floral Crème de Violette. The simple syrup makes the gin go down easy. In sum, would recommend.
Shake all the ingredients with ice, then strain into a coupe.
Recipe adapted from: Fauchauld, Nick et al. “Risk Pool.” Death & Co.: Modern Classic Cocktails. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2014.