Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Essential Liquor #9

9) Parfait Amour- Parfait what? Our second headscratcher of the list. Seriously though, if you have partied at our pad in the last three years, this sweet concoction of oranges, flower blossoms, and Madagascar vanilla goes down like water. In addition to its taste, its royal purple hue is beyond compare. Parfait Amour is the main player in such Lounge inventions as the Midnight Cherry Popper and the Savannah Night. To stock Winterfest, we are buying three bottles at a time!

As Stiff was vacationing in Vegas, he snared a drink menu from CUT at the Palazzo. It included the classic martini-driven Aviation cocktail. To scale the CUT recipe to the average Joe price and the liquors used thus far, try the following recipe. It’s not as sweet as you think!


2 ounces of Gordon’s gin

½ ounce of Parfait Amour
½ ounce of fresh lemon juice
2 or 3 dashes of maraschino simple syrup

Shake on ice and strain.

The one pictured used Wishniak instead of the simple syrup, CUT used Luxardo maraschino liqueur. I stirred the one pictured for a soft tawny color because Wishniak is red. The one at CUT is likely shaken and retains a bit of lavender from the Amour because Luxardo is clear and the lemon juice should froth opaque. Those that can get Luxardo for the recipe should do it- it will have better color, better life, and is much closer to its 1916 original.


  1. Parfait Amour can be found at Internet Wine and Spirits.

  2. So what do you do when you don't have any fresh lemons, and you have this bottle of Cherry Marnier that you can't seem to do anything with?

    Well, I substituted GG Le Citron for the lemon juice, used a little over 1/8 tsp of Cherry Marnier instead of maraschino and made a pretty tasty Aviation

  3. Nice. We are now buying our Amour from Astor wines- http://www.astorwines.com/SearchResultsSingle.aspx?p=0&search=19224&searchtype=Contains

  4. that looks to be a lot less than I paid, and their Benedictine is way less too. Damn