Alright, without too much nonsense about #reclame, #ad or #spon: This bottle was a promotional gift, and yes, I was asked to write something about it. But as with any article or Instagram post I’ve ever written: If it it wasn’t my honest opinion, I wouldn’t have written it.
That being said, and all hashtag nonsense aside: Pampelle’s Ruby Grapefruit Aperitif is d*mn delicious. Not the ‘I like it‘-kinda delicious… We’re talking ‘Oh maaaan… I gotta let you taste this new stuff I got in!‘-kinda mouthwatering tastiness. Does it have to do with the fact I’m almost literally addicted to grapefruit? Maybe. Or… maybe it’s just as good as I’m trying to say…
Let me introduce you to the bottle that screams ‘Mediterranean Holidays’. It has it all. The vibe you get from bottle and label; the vibrance of the smell; the bittersweet, fruity, juicy, flavors on the palate and the soft finish… all created using organically grown, handpicked, Corsican Ruby Grapefruits.
Sampling the Aperitif liqueur is just downright amazing. Are you familiar with the aromas of slicing open a fresh grapefruit? The essential oils squirting out of the peel, the first drops of juice dripping from the knife, over the fruit, on the cutting board? Pampelle has it all.
Next to utilizing Grapefruit in three ways during the entire process (Maceration, Distillitation, Reduction), Pampelle boasts with other layers of citrus as well (Japanese Yuzu, Haitian Bitter Orange and French Citron). Yet, what sets it apart is the use of Quinine Bark and Gentian Root, two dry, bitter and earthy botanicals, that add a backbone to the final result. Be still, my bitter loving heart.
Before I’m getting crafty and start creating custom recipes with the Apero myself, I decided to mix up two of their own signature serves: A great way to get to know the flavor direction a brand wants to take the product they worked so hard on. Below you’ll find the easy ‘Pampelle Tonic‘ and the little more advanced, yet extremely delicious, ‘French Negroni‘, a cocktail supported by a (citrus-forward) Gin of your choice and White vermouth, stirred to perfection.
1. The Pampelle Tonic
– 1 part Pampelle
– 2 parts Tonic
1. Add all ingredients to an ice-filled highball glass
2. Stir to combine
3. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge
2. The French Negroni
– 2 parts Pampelle
– 1 part Gin
– 1 part Blanc Vermouth
1. Add all ingredients to an ice-filled tumbler
2. Stir to combine
3. Garnish with a grapefruit peel
Alright, it’s your turn! Let me know if you end up recreating one of these beauties and don’t forget to keep an eye on my Instagram page to stay inspired!
Disclaimer: The Bottle of Pampelle Ruby Aperitif was a promotional item, yet all pictures and text are property of Matthias Soberon / Served By Soberon. Nothing can be used or copied without written permission of the author and the addition of credits.