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Velvet Elvis

Velvet Elvis Cocktail from Passion for Cocktails

Tennessee Whiskey is simply phenomenal in this spectacular Cocktail.

The Raspberry Chambord adds a beautiful roundness; the lemonade (depending on  how much is added) creates the sweetness. The freshly squeezed lime creates a freshness and fruity twist. 

The combinations are superb. If you are not a fan of American whiskey, less can be added to give just a hint of whiskey. It is a colourful, vibrant as well as distinctive Cocktail. The measurements given are from the original Cocktail recipe.  For many, it is one Cocktail where 'experimenting' or creating it just right for your taste is needed.

  • 1 1/2 Shot Tennessee Whiskey
  • 1 Shot Chambord Liqueur
  • 1/2 Shot Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Top-up Lemonade
How to make one: 
  1. Place all the ingredients (except lemonade) into a Boston Shaker over ice
  2. Strain into a chilled Old Fashioned tumbler glass
  3. Top-up with lemonade

The origins of the Velvet Elvis are unknown. One can almost say it was not created in the deep south nor by Elvis. However the flavours are very deep south, lay back and cry out for you to sing "The Wonder of You".

Tennessee whiskey is a Straight Bourbon and can only be called Tennessee whiskey if it is created in Tennessee as stated under American Federal law. Currently there are only two major players or companies distilling Tennessee Whiskey - Jack Daniels (owned by Brown-Forman) and George Dickel (owned by the Diageo empire). There are a number of smaller companies in Tennessee that produce purely for local consumption and do not export in a big way, such as Collier & McKeel, Benjamin Pritchard and others.

Glassware For This Cocktail

Coupe - Champagne Saucer
This Cocktail glass also known as "The Champagne saucer glass" was first created and used widely in the 1930's. Characterized by a tall stem and wide bowl. The Cocktail drinker's nose inhales the aroma, fragrance and bouquet of the cocktail - be it heady or delicate from the expansive bowl. The Coupe Cocktail glass was the original Champagne glass for literally the first half of the 20th century before the Champagne flute became popular in the 1950's and 1960's and subsequently took over as the glass to drink Champagne.  
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