Tasting Table recently had an Absolut Elyx tasting at Hakkasan. Brand ambassador Lindsay Nader led us through a tasting and I had just assumed it would all be Absolut vodkas. It turned out we tasted Grey Goose and Ciroc against the Absolut Elyx. While I was tasting Grey Goose I did think it tasted very different from the standard Absolut vodka. It tasted very watery. And then when I tasted Ciroc, I had thought it was Absolut Citron because it was so lemony. It turned out to be the grape-based Ciroc. We discussed how the two seemed to have changed recipes through the years. I don’t remember Ciroc ever tasting of so much citrus.
Absolut Elyx was naturally our favorite of the evening.
We also got to try a couple of cocktails with Elyx. It makes an excellent Vesper. If you’re going to James Bond style, go with a Vesper. Stirred, not shaken of course. Because there’s something you know better than him.
Instead of your usual after-dinner coffee, try this caffeinated cocktail. I have always loved coffee with Cynar and this is a great follow-up to all that dim sum at Hakkasan.
After Hours– Absolut Elyx, Cynar, cold espresso, simple syrup
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