Thursday, January 13, 2011

Kheer Royale

By now I'm sure you're all aware that ONE of us has a "thing" for India (Katherine).  So during the heated New Year's Eve Champagne Cocktail-making competition she just HAD to make something Indian, and how freakin' clever is the name? I mean really???  Instead of a Kir Royale, it's a Kheer Royale!  Get it???  Don't you love it when people scream "GET IT????"

Kheer Royale
Kheer Royale

Makes 1

½ ounce Cardamom Simple Syrup
½ ounce Saffron-infused Vodka
2 drops rose water

To a champagne flute add saffron-infused vodka, simple syrup and rose water.  Top with champagne and gently stir. 

Cardamom Simple Syrup

½ cup sugar
½ cup water
5 cardamom pods (crushed)

Combine water, sugar and cardamom pods in a medium saucepan. Boil until sugar has dissolved, stirring frequently. Let sit for at least one hour. Let cool, strain and store in refrigerator.

Saffron-infused Vodka

1/4 cup vodka
1/4 teaspoon saffron strands

Combine Vodka and saffron strands in a sealed container.  Let sit over night, shaking occasionally.  Note: the longer you let the saffron soak, the more intense the saffron flavor will be.

Who's the hottie with the blue turban?

 Just a little warning, this cocktail is shall we put it?  Indian!  So drink with an open mind!  And speaking of open minds, we just had another cocktail idea- the Kheer Royale with Cheese!  That could be the beginning of a whole series of Pulp Fiction-inspired cocktails!  Thoughts???

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