“Where Ritz goes, I go.” The Prince of Wales himself reportedly said this of César Ritz after the latter founded The Ritz London in 1906. The future King Edward VII was a fan of the London hotel, and loved to stop by when he could make time in his schedule. Later, the Ritz bore witness to Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower and Charles de Gaulle discussing WWII strategy in The Marie Antoinette Suite. With all this glorious history under its belt, it’s only appropriate that the hotel’s fabulous Rivoli bar gilded the lily by inventing a glimmering cocktail to celebrate the hotel’s 110th birthday in 2016.
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This Ritz twist on a classic Champagne cocktail glitters thanks to gold-infused Absolut Elyx vodka. It is somehow silky and savory at once, with a boom of citrusy flavor thanks to Crème de Pêche peach liqueur and Grand Marnier. Luxuriating beautifully in its Champagne coupe, it’s just the thing for putting on the Ritz in the middle of a long winter.
Look how glamorous. And nothing could make it feel more luxurious than pouring it into a beautiful hotel etched coupe glass. Here’s the recipe.
The Ritz 110 Cocktail
- 3/4 fl. oz. (25 ml) Gold-Infused Absolut Elyx vodka
- 1/3 fl. oz. (10 ml) Grand Marnier orange liqueur
- Dash Crème de Pêche peach liqueur
- 1 brown sugar cube
- Orange peel, for garnish
- In a Champagne coup, combine the vodka and liqueurs. Top with Champagne and garnish with an orange peel. Drop the sugar cube into the center of the glass to make the drink effervesce. Serve immediately. Makes 1 drink.
Recipe courtesy of the Ritz London