One of the lovely baking blogs I follow is called “As Strong As Soup”, written by the lovely “Phil in the kitchen”. Phil bakes lots of tasty French cakes and pastries and recently he made some pamplemousse financiers. You can read about them here.
This led to a brief discussion in the comments about crème de pamplemousse, used as an alternative flavour to cassis when making a kir. I mentioned that in the summer I had bought a bottle (or two) of something called “Very Pamp” from the supermarket in Descartes. It’s a blend of rosé wine and grapefruit juice and, while Nick thought it was a very naff idea (having not tasted it), I found it a very pleasant, refreshing and drinkable drink.
Nicole told me that this kind of drink is very popular at the moment – often given as an apéritif at large gatherings where it is easy to prepare and serve, ideally suitable for warm summer evenings. The ready-made version is inexpensive and comes in a screw top bottle, which probably contributes to Nick’s negative view of it !!
So when we were chez nous a couple of weeks ago I decided to get myself a bottle of crème de pamplemousse, and a bottle of Very Pamp and do a proper tasting.
The crème de pamplemousse made a delicious drink when mixed with a fairly cheap rosé wine. On one of the few days when it was warm enough to eat our lunch outdoors, I found it fruity and refreshing and I enjoyed it.
The flavour was slightly different to the ready-mixed wine/grapefruit “Very Pamp”, but not that much. I suppose it all depends on the rosé wine you use and I couldn’t make my mind up where the grapefruit flavour actually came from in the ready-mixed drink – juice or cordial.
Mind you, after a couple of glasses, it hardly mattered !!
The crème de pamplemousse was also delicious when made into a kir pétillant using an inexpensive Vouvray. In fact now we are back home in the UK, an occasional glass or two is going a long way towards cheering me up, knowing that it’s going to be an awfully long time before we can drink any kind of drink on our little terrace overlooking the rooftops of the village again.
Tchin-tchin !! Have a good week !!