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31Mar 12


DelanceyWhen thinking nostalgically about romantic moments in my past, one place and one drink stand out : New York and the Delancey cocktail.

The Delancey is named after a downtown New York restaurant and bar where it was invented, and where I have spent a great deal of time: Allen and Delancey. Essentially it is a sweet drink, which combined with its intense red colour when ready, is what makes it so romantic (much like this passionately pink champagne and cassis cocktail).

The main ingredient in a Delancey is Saint Germain liqueur, which is not only French, but also the first liqueur in the world created in the artisanal French manner from freshly hand-picked elderflower blossoms. According to Saint Germain’s website, “after gently ushering the wild blossoms into sacks and descending the hillside, the man who gathers blossoms for your cocktail will then mount a bicycle and carefully ride the umbels of starry white flowers to market”. Ooh La La! That is what I call romantic!

The other important ingredient for the Delancy is a good bottle of Prosecco, an Italian white wine. It is normally made from Glera (Prosecco) grapes and is a dry or extra dry sparkling wine.

With these two ingredients, plus pomegranate juice for the intense color, I can almost assure you an enchanting evening. Take it with that special someone, and just like me, you will feel nostalgia.


  • 2.2 cl pomegranate juice
  • 2.2 cl Saint Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 1.5 cl Prosecco wine

How it’s made at Allen and Delancey on Valentine´s evening:

1. First, pour the St-Germain elderflower liqueur in a champagne glass.
2. Add the pomegranate juice.
3. Top the glass with Prosecco. Ideally, the sparkling wine is cold enough not to need ice.
4. Just a thought. If you ask nicely, the barman at Allen and Delancey will decorate it with a flower on the rim of the glass.

Time: less than a minute
Makes: 1 cocktail

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One comment

  1. awww. how sweet!


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