cocktail friend: domaine de canton deliciousness

Domaine de Canton is this amazing ginger liqueur that I had for the first time a few weeks ago. We went to dinner at Le Bernardin where Eric Ripert crafted an insane menu of food that either matched one of the five Domaine de Canton cocktails we tried or used the liqueur as an ingredient in the dish. It was gooooooooood.

I saw on his show that he was thinking of moving to Vietnam, so it wasn’t surprising that he was in on this dinner. The liqueur is made from baby Vietnamese ginger (didn’t even know there was such a thing) fortified with eaux de vie and Cognac. It also comes in a really pretty bottle ($32, btw) that reminds me of a Vietnamese paper lantern.

I’m usually opinionated when it comes to choosing my food, but when Eric Ripert is cooking I will eat anything put in front of me. We started out with this great punch, and then my two favorite food/cocktail pairings of the night are below.

canton punch

credit: michael priest

credit: michael priest

2 parts Domaine de Canton
2 parts Fords gin
1 part strawberry purée
3/4 part ginger purée
4 parts lemon verbena tea
2 parts sparkling water

Mix all ingredients in a punch bowl. Add a large slab of ice and garnish with lemon and strawberry slices.


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1.5 oz Domaine de Canton
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
2 dashes of orange bitters
4 oz Champagne

Shake Domaine de Canton, lemon juice and orange bitters and pour over chilled Champagne into a flute. Garnish with a lemon twist.

food pairing: slivers of fluke with micro watercress, baby carrots, and Domaine de Canton vinaigrette – OHMYGODSOGOOD.

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1 oz white tequila
½ oz Domaine de Canton
½ oz mango purée
½ oz fresh lime juice
¼ oz agave syrup
Shaved dark chocolate, for garnish

Combine tequila, Domaine de Canton, mango purée, lime juice, and agave syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled champagne coupe. Garnish with the chocolate.

food pairing: TOTALLY insane with the macerated mango, black sesame meringue, and Domaine de Canton sorbet.

Tons more Domaine de Canton cocktail recipes here. I basically want them all.


7 thoughts on “cocktail friend: domaine de canton deliciousness

  1. Hooray! — a fellow Domaine de Canton fan! I was introduced to it last fall at a little Greek place in Queens.

    Le Bernadin’s cocktails sound lovely but I recommend trying this essence of ginger straight as well. The bartender at Bin14 thought we were nutty when we asked for two snifters, upon spying the distinctive bottle on his shelf. But I can attest that a prolonged encounter with this liqueur makes a lazy Sunday afternoon even yummier.

  2. Brilliant pairings, especially the dessert. Black sesame is excellent with fruits…I’ll have to research how to recreate the meringue. Thanks for sharing!

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