Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Devilishly Divine Pink Panther

Given a choice, I'd most likely have a Hendrick's Gin Martini at cocktail hour: light on the vermouth, two olives. Then there are times when it's good to shake things up a bit. My whole family met for dinner at Le Petit Castor a few months ago. They have an impressive list of cocktails, but one tipple stands out — their signature cocktail, The Pink Panther. At almost double the price of their other cocktails, and a warning that one is all you should consider having, it caught my attention. It also caught my father's attention, because he would be paying the bill. "Twenty dollars for a cocktail!" I guess it was a little impulsive, but what the heck. You only live once. Unfortunately for our pocket book, it was delicious! Deceptively light and fruity tasting with the combination of prosecco and orange juice, The Pink Panther tastes quite innocent, even healthy, but it does sneak up on you in a very quiet unassuming manner — not like Kato in the Pink Panther films! Unfortunately, because it is so good, every time I go back to Le Petit Castor, I have to order it. Such is life.

The Pink Panther
(one serving)

1 oz Gin
1 oz Triple Sec
1 tsp Grenadine
Fresh orange juice

Combine the gin, triple sec, orange juice and grenadine in a large wine glass. Add ice and top up with Prosecco. Add more grenadine if you like it more pink.