Yennefer of Vengerberg

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The Pairing

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Reasoning

I had several ideas for possible Witcher cocktails… thankfully there are several books, so I’m sure I’ll eventually get to try them all out. First up, having read the novels about a decade ago (or rather, the books and fan translations that were available at the time) and played the games, I have always been very firmly on Team Yen.  As fans will know, Yennefer’s scent is always described as lilac and gooseberries, and I wanted a drink that captured those flavors. Unfortunately lilac flavoring/syrup isn’t very easy to obtain, but its flavor profile is similar to rose and vanilla, so that’s what I’ve gone with here. Work with what you got, I say! 😀

The Recipe

You will need:

  • Margarita or Coupe Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Ice
  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 tbsp Gooseberry Preserves
  • 1 tsp Rose Syrup
  • 2 Drops Vanilla Extract
  • Sparkling White Wine (Dry)
  • 1 Sprig Lavender as Garnish (optional)

Take your cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Add Gin, Rose Syrup, Vanilla, and Gooseberry Preserves, and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds. Strain into your glass. Top off with sparkling wine and add lavender as garnish. Enjoy, and be careful not to fall off your unicorn. 😉

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