The Ballet Russe is one of our ‘go to’ drinks when either go visit someone or we have friends over; it’s relatively simple to make, has an excellent flavour and is frankly funny to watch people drinking for the first time. For example, my family LOVES anything sour – my sister in particular has built up what I can only describe as an extraordinary tolerance – and I can distinctly remember that my dad’s reaction to his first Ballet Russe was ‘Ay, chihuahua!’ with a little face spasm. Trust me, it makes sense when you read the recipe – there are 2 ounces of fresh lemon and lime juice in each of these bad boys. To put it simply: It is SOUR. Even with the creme de cassis and simple syrup giving it a lovely sweet note, your lips will pucker on the first sip.
That’s not a bad thing. This cocktail is as fun and energetic as cocktails can be and it’s definitely not boring. When so many drinks are just sweet and fruity, and sometimes a little sickly, it’s refreshing to have something not afraid to hit you with sharpness and take no prisoners. The beautiful jewel red colour makes it look so classy and adult, whilst the taste takes you back to your childhood and those Toxic Waste candies that everyone loved to eat. It’s a great party drink and one to definitely add to your repertoire as a staple cocktail on your home menu.
♦ 1 ounce vodka
♦ ¾ ounce creme de cassis
♦ 1 ½ ounce fresh lime juice
♦ ½ fresh lemon juice
♦ 1 ounce simple syrup
Shake the ingredients together and serve in a chilled martini glass.