The Karnival Lava Lamp Cocktail
► by Mixologist David Barker of Tapas
The carbon dioxide of the Champagne in this cocktail makes the dried fruit float up and down in the glass. “It actually looks like a lava lamp”, says David Barker, the award-winning mixologist of Tapas Restaurant, “and it’ll go on until you’ve finished the drink.”
— Photography: Kenneth Theysen
The orange blossom and passion fruit of the Absolut Karnival give the drink a tropical feel without making it too sweet, and the best part is that you get to eat the vodka-infused cranberries when you reach the bottom of the Champagne flute. “You’ve got that drunken, healthy thing going on”, he jokes.
Karnival Lava Lamp
Makes 1 cocktail
1 oz. cranberry juice
5 or 6 dried cranberries
Add the vodka and cranberry juice to a Champagne flute.
Top up with Champagne and garnish with dried cranberries.
MIXOLOGY TIPS FROM THE MASTER
The lava lamp effect only works with dried fruit. Fresh fruit will float to the top of the Champagne flute and stay there.
You can use any kind of sparkling wine or even soda water for the lava lamp-like effect.