Red wine. This is the name of this delicate, elegant cocktail. It’s also the name and color of my home country national soccer team.
La Vinotinto is making history today. No matter what happens tonight, for the first time we made it to the semi finals of the Copa América 2011, the most important Latin America soccer event.
La Vinotinto, the cocktail, is not exactly the kind of drink you’ll have in a soccer stadium. On the contrary, it’s so sophisticated that I would suggest it as an aperitif before dinner… at least a dinner with candlelight…
It’s as elegant as elegant are its ingredients: Ron de Venezuela Santa Teresa 1796, cabernet franc, aquavit, Bénédictine Liqueur and absinthe. This is the first time that I mixed rum and red wine and trust me: they blend so perfectly.
Immediately the wood, tobacco and leather notes come to the palate in this smooth, perfectly balanced concoction. The aquavit and absinth provide subtle spicy herbal notes while the Bénédictine brings crisp fruit hints. The color is a statement.
La Vinotinto is in the cocktail menu of PDT (Please Don’t Tell), a trendy bar in New York City’s East Village, considered by connoisseurs as one of the best bars in the world.
A tribute to our Vinotinto soccer team, it’s a signature cocktail by Venezuelan mixologist Edixon Caridad.We made it to the semifinals Edixon!
1 ½ oz Ron de Venezuela Santa Teresa 1796
1 oz red wine (Cabernet Franc)
3/4 oz Bénédictine Liqueur
1/2 oz Aquavit
Stir all ingredients and pour in a chilled absinthe rinsed glass. Garnish with the oils of an orange twist and then discard twist.
To print the recipe click here.