This cocktail is a bombshell! Until you take a sip, you won’t even know what you’re missing. This cocktail is like that girl in High School that your buddy kept in the “Friend-Zone” for 4 years only to lose touch after graduation. A few years later you’re at the bar with that same guy and some friends; a gorgeous girl walks in… every head in the place turns to look and your buddy’s jaw hits the floor. Good luck man, you missed you’re shot. Our cocktail is pretty much like that.
The star of this cocktail is the 2012 Late Harvest Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel from Dashe Cellars of Sonoma. Much like that girl in High School this incredibly complex and luscious dessert wine was left on the vine a little longer to reach perfection (38o brix to be exact!). DASHEful is a beautiful balance of fresh ripe berries, sweet chocolate, and tart citrus that took some time and patience to develop. Initially you may think this is only suited as a dessert cocktail, but you can enjoy these refreshing cocktails any time (responsibly of course!). That girl was once bashful, but now you know the first guy buying her a drink better order her a DASHEful, it just won’t be that guy!
The backbone of our cocktail is a beautiful 2012 Late Harvest Zin from the famous Bella Winery’s Lily Hill Vineyard in the Northern Dry Creek Valley. The wine itself is incredibly complex, yet balanced between acidity and sugar. The beauty of this cocktail is that you can most certainly substitute a variety of other Late Harvest varietals or even a beautiful port for an extra punch without taking away from the complexity and balance of the drink. The harmony of the ingredients is amazing and we encourage experimentation!
We really love this particular dessert wine from the Dashe Cellars family based as much on the progressiveness of the winemakers as the quality of the wine itself. Michael and Anne Dashe are considered “pioneers of the Bay Area Urban winemaking movement” with their “state-of-the-art winery” near the Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. The experience of these two winemakers spans from some of the most prestigious vineyards in France to some of the most well known vineyards in Napa Valley. If the goal of the wine industry is to regain a foothold and gain ground on the progressive industries of beer and spirits, these are the innovative thinkers we need to begin to model our practices around. Not to sound cliché but “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” (OK, that was pretty cliché).
Ingredients for 1 serving
½ oz Dashe 2012 Late Harvest Zin (or other Late Harvest dessert wine or Port)
½ oz Chocolate Liqueur
1 oz Chocolate Vodka
½ oz Fresh Squeezed lemon
½ oz Raspberry-Lemon Simple Syrup*
Lemon Wheel-Raspberry Garnish*
In a mixing glass combine fresh lemon juice, dessert wine or port, chocolate liqueur, chocolate vodka, and raspberry-lemon simple syrup. Add ice and shake. In your desired serving glass strain the cocktail over new ice. Garnish with your Lemon Wheel-Raspberry garnish and enjoy!
Contributed by M. Stewart & C. Harrison
*To make Lemon-Raspberry Simple Syrup use 1 carton Fresh Raspberries, 1 cup sugar, 1 lemon peeled, and 1 cup water. In a medium saucepan combine the raspberries, sugar and lemon peels. Cook at medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring after about 20 minutes. After 30 minutes add the water and simmer an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let it cool, strain it and put it into your squeeze bottle and youre ready to go!