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21st October
written by Steph

Chanel No. 28

Your next must-drink cocktail!

Apparently October is birthday month! Tony turns 28 this upcoming Saturday, my mom celebrates a birthday the week after, and we've already had four other friends celebrate another turn around the sun in the past three weeks, so things have certainly been busy about here. If you also find yourself attending or hosting birthday bashes, perhaps this recipe for a celebratory cocktail (which I mentioned in my last food post) is just the thing you need to truly toast getting older with style. Also, its red coloring make it kind of perfect for the impending Christmas season as well, so keep it in mind for any holiday gatherings you might have!

Ingredients (per drink)
  • 1 ounce vodka (we used Passionfruit vodka, but plain is fine!)
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce Chambord
  • splash of Elderflower liqueur
  • Champagne (dry)
  • 1 or 2 raspberries
  • Mix your vodka, pineapple juice and Chambord together. Add in a splash of elderflower, then top with chilled champagne. Pop the raspberries into the glass and enjoy!
The original drink recipe called this a "Chanel No. 6", but because we subbed in flavored vodka AND I had the genius idea of adding in some elderflower, I decided we could rename it "Chanel No. 28" in honor of the age our friend Abby was turning (and no, 28 is not old)! Such a delightful and delicious cocktail, I drank far more than I should have but can't find it in me to regret it. Another great thing about this drink is you can premix the first four ingredients in larger amounts (where it says "1 ounce" I swapped to "two cups"... We're boozy like that) and keep them in a pitcher so that during festivities you can pour about 3 ounces into a glass top with Champagne and raspberries and the party never stops. And trust me, with this cocktail, you and your friends will be raising the roof well into the night!


  1. 10/21/2010

    You do cocktails as well?! A woman of all trades 🙂 Was that photo taken by you? Looks yummy!

  2. Abby

    The birthday girl can attest to the wonders of Chanel No. 28. Thank you, Steph and Tony!

  3. 10/22/2010

    I don’t drink very much, but I am going to a big party next month, and I just know this drink would be appreciated there. I am going to print this recipe out and try it out on the girls. I know they will love it!!

  4. 10/22/2010

    @ Alex: Tony took the photo during the birthday shenanigans, so all credit goes to him!
    @ Abby: So glad I made a deserving cocktail for you, birthday girl! 😀
    @ zibilee: This cocktail just seems very much in keeping with the season and it works great for large crowds because of how so much of it can be premixed! Also, anything that gets topped up with champagne is A-OK in my book! Please let me know how it goes!

  5. taryn

    Well, all i can say is thank GOODNESS i don’t seem to have that pesky allergy anymore! 🙂 (though i’m not sure that the local SAQ stocks elderflower liqueur…)

  6. I am a big fan of French Martinis, which are quite similar in ingredients, but I like the sound of the alterations you have made.

    Agreed: 28 is NOT old. As a 29-and-a-half year old, 28 is mot definitely not.

  7. 10/23/2010

    Now that is a Christmas party cocktail if I have ever seen one! I might have to switch up the name for something seasonal but serve it I will. You foodie genius you!

  8. 10/24/2010

    Yum! It looks delicious. And 28 is just a baby!!

  9. 10/26/2010

    @ Taryn: Oh, I forgot you didn’t have your pectin allergy anymore! Not that I was trying to tempt you into a breakout of hives or anything… 😉
    @ Claire: Yes, this is very similar to a French martini, but even more special! Perfect for celebrating one’s youth! 😉
    @ Frances: Yes, the name might not quite work for a holiday shindig, but I trust your way with words! Enjoy!
    @ softdrink: Yes, 28 is the new 18! Plenty of time before one is old!

  10. 10/26/2010

    Looks delicious, and I fully support your boozy substitutions. 2 cups instead of 1 ounce? Yes! Happy b-days to Tony and your mom, and is that a cake I see in the background?

  11. 10/27/2010

    @ charley: Indeed you do see cake in the background… a Skittles cake, to be precise! But perhaps that is a recipe for another day… 😉

  12. 10/28/2010

    Ooh Steph! Looks like you’ve outdone yourself once again. But where does one acquire Elderflower liqueur?

  13. 10/29/2010

    @ Simona: One of the great things about American life is the abundance of Elderflower liqueur… I take it the LCBO is not so bountiful?

  14. Sim

    You know, I’ve never seen it. But I also haven’t looked. I’ll need to fix that!

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