International Vodka Day is celebrated across the globe on October 4, and what better way to commemorate than with a bespoke, vodka-infused dessert by Le Cordon Bleu Brisbane.
In collaboration with 23rd Street Distillery – an Adelaide-based, family-owned distillery by Bickfords – patisserie lecturer Jerome Magisson created this dessert using the popular pomegranate vodka, perfect for the festive season ahead.
But, this is no ordinary vodka. The pomegranates are harvested from 23rd Street Distillery’s local orchard in Wanbi (the northern Mallee region of South Australia).
The fruits are crushed and transferred to a juice press, then combined with 23rd Street’s 5x distilled Australian vodka. For added depth, raspberries and orange zest are incorporated.
“I chose to revisit an Aussie summer classic for this brief – the pavolva,” Jerome says.
“Because the vodka is sweet and tart, I wanted the dish to be fresh and more rounded with fragrances of almond and roses.
“So here you have it…a pavlova with a surprising filling of red berries that pairs nicely with a crisp 23rd Street vodka sorbet.”
He says the smooth Chantilly cream and soft almond sponge brings the flavours together, while using a modern approach for the plate-up to illustrate Le Cordon Bleu’s philosophy.
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