When I saw the La Dolce Vita in the Bar Bible, I was intrigued by the use of a coupe instead of the traditional flute; was it necessitated by the volume of the drink, or was it a style choice? My initial assumption was that it was the latter because nearly every other champagne based recipe I saw called for a flute – with the outliers typically advising to use either a highball or wine glass – but I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that the coupe was actually an integral part of the cocktail. Frankly, I don’t know what it is about serving bubbly in a coupe as opposed to a flute but it ended up feeling like more of a treat than just a regular glass of champagne, and it was infinitely more fun – and fun is exactly what the La Dolce Vita is about.
This is a fruity and fresh cocktail that uses vanilla vodka to enhance the natural flavour of the fruits within the drink. It works particularly well with the apricot nectar, and tastes somewhat reminiscent of apricot jam which, if you’re a sugar fiend like me, is a pretty fantastic thing and even if you’re not, you can easily use a nice brut champagne or prosecco to offset the natural sugar in the nectar. Even if you choose a sweeter fizz, the lime juice does a decent job of stopping it from going a step too far with the sweetness. It breaks my heart that there is actually such a thing, sob.
Going back to the drink itself, the champagne/prosecco creates a lightly sparkling element that makes the cocktail dance on your tongue and, unlike some other carbonated drinks, it doesn’t make you feel bloated after a few sips or make the inside of your mouth feel tacky which is win-win in my book.
La Dolce Vita a very vibrant drink, with a sunset hue that looks oh-so-tempting when you add in a couple of cherries speared on a cocktail umbrella, and if there’s ever an excuse to whip out the ol’ cocktail umbrellas, then you KNOW you better take it!
Combining a change of glass with the fabulous extras like the vanilla vodka and apricot nectar, the La Dolce Vita becomes a tempting option for even the most die-hard champagne aficionado.
♦ 1 ounce vanilla vodka
♦ ½ ounce triple sec
♦ ½ ounce lime juice
♦ 1 ounce apricot nectar or puree
♦ 2 ounces chilled prosecco or champagne
Jazzy cocktail umbrella
Shake the first 5 ingredients together and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Then slowly add the champagne/prosecco or, alternatively, float it on top.
Garnish with a couple of cocktail cherry impaled on an umbrella. Enjoy!