Monday, 16 April 2007

erebos & nyx - cocktail divinity

What a strange name for a cocktail, I hear you say?

It may not roll off the tongue but these Greek deities of darkness and night gave birth to light and day, just like this dark cocktail gave birth to smiles and laughter when Jonas and I drank it soon after our wedding (excuse the photo back drop: yes, that fluffy tuille is my veil).

You see we had an excess of champagne after the wedding and, since blackberries were available for a reasonable price at the grocer, I conscientiously made a head start on this champagne cocktails Mixology Monday theme, all the way back in the early days of March.

The nutty flavour of Frangelico matches perfectly with tart blackberries while cinnamon adds warmth and crème de mure emphasises the theme ingredient.

The inspiration for this drink came from the Bridge Bar’s Black Comet – where they use blueberries, Licor 43 and cinnamon – but my divine concoction outranks that asteroid any day.

Erebos & Nyx
Anna’s very own recipe. Serves 2.
10 blackberries
50ml crème de mure
40ml Frangelico
35ml cinnamon schnapps
4 blackberries for serving
1. Muddle the blackberries in a shaker then mix with liqueurs.
2. Strain liquid to remove berry seeds.
3. Pour into a champagne flute then top with bubbly.
4. Float 2 blackberries in each glass and serve.

In Greek mythology, Nyx (Νύξ) was the primordial goddess of the night whereas Erebos (Έρεβος ) was the personification of darkness and shadow. Both were the offspring of the primordial God Chaos.

Together Erebos and Nyx sired the god of light, Æther (Αιθήρ), and the goddess of the day, Hemera (Ημερα).

In Sydney in 2007, Erebos & Nyx made two newlyweds tipsy and chirpy, giving birth to light once.

Aww shucks!

This month's Mixology Monday is hosted by Cameron and Anita from Married...with dinner. Be sure to drop in and read the round-up of other champagne cocktails.



  1. Impossible to go wrong with a Champagne cocktail - and add fresh blackberries (I think sooo much better than blueberries) and it must be perfect.
    Besides, they're pretty!

  2. Mm, the cinnamon sounds like a lovely touch. Thanks for participating in MxMo... I'm aiming have the roundup posted tomorrow night. :)

  3. Hi Anna -- thanks so much for participating in MxMo XIV. The roundup is here:

    Amusingly enough, three other entries featured berries (or cherries). I can't wait to try them all!


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