Love it or hate it, Sex and the City introduced a whole new generation of drinkers, myself included, to the fabulous world of the cocktail. This is part of a series of posts trying out drinks featured on the show, and seeing how they stand up in the real world. Today, the Tartini.
The Tartini was enjoyed by Carrie and Stanford in episode 4 of season 2, whilst out at a party. Stanford describes it as cranberry vodka, which sounds a lot like a Cape Cod and a bit too boring to write a post about. However, I knew from visits to New York bars that there are alternative recipes for the Tartini, most of which follow a recipe of raspberry vodka and chambord (or another raspberry liqueur), plus lime and cranberry juice in varying amounts.
Chambord is a sweet raspberry flavoured liqueur, dating back to 1685, which is made in the Loire valley in France. It has a relatively low 16.5% alcohol content, which combined with its lack of preservatives means it must be consumed within 6 months of opening, after which the ingredients begin to separate. It comes in one of the most ostentatious bottles around, short of the bottles used for expensive Cognacs. A circular glass bottle, surrounded by gold (albeit plastic) lettering and decoration, it certainly stands out on a shelf!
- 1½ shots raspberry vodka
- ½ shot Chambord
- ½ shot cranberry juice
- ¾ shot lime juice
- Shake all ingredients well with ice and fine strain in to a cocktail glass.
The combination of raspberry vodka and Chambord makes for a very sweet drink with a very predominant raspberry flavour. While the lime and cranberry helps rein the sweetness in and introduce some sour to the mix, it remains rather bland. The sweetness makes it popular amongst non-cocktail drinkers – some of my friends love the Tartini – but personally I find it rather lacking. There are far better ways to make use of Chambord… more on those to follow!
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