101 Best New Cocktails: Belle Madame by Sergiu Cucuiet, DownTown Café & Pub by Julius Café Lounge, Targu Mures, Romania.

by Gaz Regan · Friday, February 14th, 2014 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

Belle Madame

Adapted from a recipe by Sergiu Cucuiet, DownTown Café & Pub by Julius Café Lounge, Targu Mures, Romania.

Belle Madame Sergiu Cucuiet

“This drink was the winner of “Cognac Aperitif” round in May 2013 at ‘The Swizzle Masters’ competition and in December 2013 was awarded 2nd place at the same competition.” Sergiu Cucuiet

3 cardamom pods

50 ml (1.7 oz) Louis Royer V.S.O.P. CognacBelle Madame

15 ml (.5 oz) Wenneker Apricot Brandy

5 ml (1 teaspoon) Wenneker Ginger

2 orange twists, as garnish

Muddle the cardamom pods in a mixing glass, then add the rest of the ingredients and let them to rest for two minutes.  Add ice, stir well, and double-strain into a chilled goblet.  Add the garnishes.

gaz sez: I confess to not having the Wenneker brands of liqueurs when I tested this, but I should note that they have a great reputation.  Once again I was struck by just how yummylicious is cardomom.  And it shines right through in this fabulous drink.

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