Un cocktail digne d’un Roi

If you could have something named after you, what would it be?

A cocktail would be very cool, non?

It’s Louis Catorze’s thirteenth birthday at the end of this month and, in preparation for this, I have been toiling away* to create a birthday cocktail worthy of a Sun King. (A cocktail for the humans to drink, I mean, not for Catorze. You’ve seen the trouble he causes when sober, so the last thing he needs is alcohol.)

*Mixing random alcohol together.

One of my favourite cocktails is the French 75, which has a gin and champagne base. I have decided to reproduce it for Catorze’s birthday, since he’s French, and I have stuck to the traditional champagne, although Crémant would be a perfectly acceptable alternative. (Definitely no Prosecco, though; not only is it too flowery to do justice to an evil vampire cat, but it would no longer be a FRENCH 75.) For the spirit element, instead of standard clear gin, we have opted for a cherry gin steeped in Transylvanian oak casks, called Prince of Darkness.

Sun King or Prince of Darkness?

Cat Daddy and I have taste-tested this, and not only does it pack the required punch but its blood-redness makes it look the part. We love it and can see it reappearing in our celebrations throughout the year, including Hallowe’en. The only thing it lacks, however, is a name.

“À la santé du Roi.”

After researching how the French 75 came to be so called, I was troubled to discover this:

“The inspiration for the title was apparently a 75mm Howitzer field gun used by the French and the Americans in World War 1. The gun was known for its accuracy and speed, and the French 75 is said to have such a kick that it felt like being hit by just such a weapon.”

Hmmm. Not very cheery. Whilst I like the idea of the name celebrating the strength of the hit, is there a different name that would perhaps echo the bombardment on the soul that is life at Le Château, minus the getting shot part?

Here are our favourite ideas so far, in order of preference:

1. Vampire Kitty

2. Louis Catorze (quite distinct from the Louis XIV, the gin and Chambord cocktail that honours the human Sun King)

3. Screaming Roi

4. Catorzian Scream

5. [Various Unrepeatable Expletive-based names suggested by Cat Daddy]

If you have any other name suggestions that might work, or if you feel the burning need to buy cocktail ingredients to celebrate a special cat in your life, please let us know.

How do we like our cocktail? Pour 1 x 25ml shot of Prince of Darkness in a champagne flute, then top up with champagne, with an optional half-teaspoon of sugar. Or, if you’re Cat Daddy, hold the gin bottle in one hand and the champagne bottle in the other, and pour both freely into a pint glass until full.

27 thoughts on “Un cocktail digne d’un Roi

  1. I have to say, Catorzian Scream really conveys the spirit (puns intended) of the concoction. And even though I rarely drink, I believe I will have to try that in a couple of months!

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  2. I’m not an expert on cocktails, but I love your text.
    Using a cherry gin named Prince of Darkness is a great idea and the fruit of your efforts looks gorgeous. I do hope it tastes as good as it looks.

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  3. A gin called Prince of Darkness makes me think of Ozzy Osbourne. This sort of gives me a problem thinking of names for a Catorzian themed drink.

    Hmm. Because it’s tart what about Catorzian Bite? Catorzian Scream?

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    1. I’d recommend drinking it the way I have mine, not the way Cat Daddy has his! 🤣🤣🤣 In fact, I’d better check the gin bottle to make sure we have enough for the actual day itself!

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