I have a Cheesecake Factory ritual. Oh I do. It involves the Ritz martini, loads of bread and butter, a big ol’ salad, more bread and butter, and being too full to eat dessert right then. So I take home a piece of the six-layer chocolate cake(I actually am not the hugest cheesecake fan unless it is chocolate or peanut butter) or sometimes carrot cake. I crawl into bed with that cake, eat it, and pass out. And I wake up feeling fantastic. That is not sarcasm. Sometimes my body NEEDS that much chocolate.
Back to the Ritz drink. I saw this recipe and was hoping to create the thing I get at the Factory but alas, this seems to be something different. For starters, it is blue. But it is freakin’ delicious.
With its bright blue color it looks more fit for the tiki bar than the Ritz lobby, but it’s balanced taste reeks of sophistication. It has the dry backdrop of Champagne against which the gawdy sweetness of blue curaçao is reduced and the essence of almond from the amaretto whispers “you are not at the beach, this is a classy hotel lounge in manhattan”. The freshness of the lemon juice makes it feel suited to a lady’s luncheon. In short, nay, it has been long…just make this.
Ritz Fizz(from the Drinks Free app)
Dash of blue curaçao
Dash of amaretto
Dash of lemon juice
Fill flute with champagne.
Add blue curaçao, amaretto and lemon juice. Stir, add lemon twist garnish.
Contemplate a large piece of cake.