I usually take my drinks neat or on the rocks. A little rye in a glass, and I can let the night unfold. Cocktails always seemed difficult or complicated. I couldn’t remember them and didn’t know if I could amass all the ingredients to make them at home.
But then I started thinking about cocktails like food. Rather than worrying about a recipe, I just wanted to focus on interesting flavor combinations. What can we do with what we have, and maybe a few other ingredients?
I put the call out to friends, asking what booze and flavors they were interested in. One of the first responses was from erotic romance author KB Alan. She wanted an amaretto drink that wasn’t sour.
Luckily, this request came right around the time of a party celebrating her first self-publishing venture: Perfect Alignment (book 2 of the Perfect Fit series). Details on the book and an excerpt can be found on her website HERE.
So I packed up some fresh ingredients and headed to the party and made this: The Purple Alignment.
-Kirsch (cherry brandy)
-Sparkling water (or champagne)
-Muddle a handful of pitted cherries at the bottom of a glass, using some sugar to help break them up.
-Add a couple fingers of amaretto and a little less kirsch.
-Fill glass with sparkling water and ice and stir and enjoy.
-Alternatively: to make it more festive (and potent), substitute champagne for sparkling water.
-You’ll see I don’t have any exact measurements because I didn’t use any. Adjust amounts to your taste and tolerance.
-Cocktail pictured didn’t yet contain the ice, it was a work in progress.
-The cake behind the Purple Alignment was made by my wife, Zoe Archer, for the celebration. She’s a hell of a baker.