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Wild Moon Rose Liqueur from Hartford Flavor Company PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Wild Moon Rose Liqueur
Wild Moon Rose Liqueur is a versatile, lower alcohol spirit created by Creatrix and Infusionary Lelaneia Dubay, owner of the woman-owned distillery Hartford Flavor Company based in Hartford, Connecticut. This delectable, certified gluten free spirit inspired us to create many cocktail and culinary recipes with it, as well as add it to champagne and prosecco, drizzle it over vanilla ice cream, jazz up a fresh fruit salad, use it to glaze grilled shrimp and grilled pineapple, and brush it on the cut sides of cakes to impart layers of flavor and keep our cakes moist. Cheers!

 

Wild Moon Rose Liqueur 

Creatrix and Infusionary Lelaneia Dubay took time to speak with Luxury Experience about her woman-owned distillery, Hartford Flavor Company, which launched in March 2015. A master Landscape Designer, artist, herbalist, home cook, and cocktailian, Lelaneia brings all her passions to her creations for Hartford Flavor Company and Wild Moon Liqueurs. 

Birch Liqueurs, which like the original cranberry, were big hits, and after hosting a party at their home in 2013, they thought they were on to something, and it was the inspiration for launching Hartford Flavor Company and Wild Moon Liqueurs. 

Wild Moon Liqueurs inspired line of liqueurs include Cucumber, Rose, Lime, Cranberry, Lavender, Birch, Chai Spice, Sumac, 7 Lemon, Sage, and Roasted Dandelion Root. Just imagine the possibilities for creative cocktails and for culinary uses. 

Under the Hartford Flavor Company label they produce two vodkas, Organic Vodka and Vanilla Vodka infused with real Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla beans. 

Product and Bottle Information: Wild Moon Rose Liqueur, 20% alcohol by volume/40 proof. Elegantly packaged in 750-ml ($38.00), 375-ml ($22.00), and 100-ml bottles. The bottle notes that the Wild Moon Rose Liqueur is "all natural and botanically infused. Wild Moon Liqueurs from Hartford Flavor Company are hand crafted in small batches. Our line of all-natural botanical liqueurs is made with high-quality, locally sourced ingredients that are gluten free and chemical free. Handcrafted and Bottled in Hartford, Connecticut." 

Tasting Notes: The color looks like liquid amber, and the taste is delectably smooth with the essence of roses on the nose and on the palate. Made with natural sugar cane juice the Wild Moon Rose Liqueur has a natural sweetness with a lovely finish. 

Luxury Experience was "in the kitchen and behind the bar®" creating some incredibly special handcrafted cocktails and a culinary recipe to tempt your palate and inspire your own creations using Wild Moon Rose Liqueur. 

The Cocktail Menu

Luxury Experience - The Gilded Rose
Luxury Experience - Agave Rose
Luxury Experience - Strawberry Rose Daquiri       

For our cocktail creations, we paired Wild Moon Rose Liqueur with Chateau de Berne Romance Rosé wine from Provence, France (The Gilded Rose), mixed it with Litchfield Distillery Agave Spirits (Agave Rose), and combined it with Rhum Barbancourt Rhum (White Rhum Agricole) from Haiti (Strawberry Daiquiri), and each cocktail was absolutely delicious. 

The Culinary Menu

Luxury Experience - Wild Strawberry Moon Ice Cream

It also inspired us to use the liqueur in culinary recipes, drizzle it over vanilla ice cream, jazz up a fresh fruit salad, use it to glaze grilled shrimp and grilled pineapple, and to brush it on the cut sides of cakes to impart layers of flavor and keep our cakes moist. 

We made homemade ice cream and used Wild Moon Rose Liqueur in our recipe for Luxury Experience - Wild Strawberry Moon Ice Cream that was amazing.  No matter how you opt to use Wild Moon Rose Liqueur, the results will be enchanting. 

The Cocktail Recipes  

Luxury Experience - The Gilded Rose - photo by Luxury Experience 

Luxury Experience -The Gilded Rose

Yield: 1 cocktail
Glass Used: Martini Glass  

Summer is perfect for lighter cocktails, and Luxury Experience - The Gilded Rose combines Chateau de Berne Romance Rosé from Provence, France (12.5% alcohol), with Wild Moon Rose Liqueur, and Grand Marnier for an elegant and delectable cocktail. Spray the inside of a martini glass with Wilton Gold Mist Food Color Spray, and garnish cocktail with an edible rose petal and gold "pearl" candy. 

Cocktail Ingredients: 

4
Ounces
0.5
Ounce
0.5
Ounce
Grand Marnier
 
 
Wilton Gold Mist Food Color Spray
 
 
Edible Rose Petal, and Gold Candy, garnish

Method: Lightly spray the inside of a martini glass with the Wilton Gold Mist Food Color Spray. In a mixing glass, add the Berne Romance Rosé, Wild Moon Rose Liqueur, and the Grand Marnier, stir, and chill until ready to serve. 

Luxury Experience - Agave Rose is made with two great Connecticut spirits, Wild Moon Rose Liqueur and Litchfield Distillery Agave Spirits, and combines them with Goya Peach Nectar, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar for a delicious cocktail. Rim the glass with a cut lime and smoked mesquite salt and garnish with a slice of fresh peach.  

Luxury Experience - Agave Rose  - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Agave Rose

Yield: 1 cocktail
Glass Used: Rocks Glass  

Cocktail Ingredients:
 

1.5
Ounces
0.5
Ounce
1.5
Ounces
0.25
Ounce
Fresh Lime Juice
0.25
Ounce
Agave Nectar
 
 
Fresh Peach Slice, garnish
 
 
Smoked Mesquite Salt

Method: Rim the rocks glass with a cut lime and smoked mesquite salt. Fill glass with ice. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, stir to combine and pour into ice-filled glass. Garnish with a slice of fresh peach.  

Luxury Experience - Strawberry Rose Daquiri - photo by Luxury Experience 

Luxury Experience -Strawberry Rose Daiquiri

Yield: 1 cocktail
Glass Used: Coupe, Martini, or Margarita Glass  

Strawberries and roses are a delicious combination and Luxury Experience - Strawberry Rose Daiquiri is like tasting the essence of summer. 

Cocktail Ingredients:
 

1.5
Ounces
0.5
Ounce
0.5
Ounce
Lime Juice
2
Large
Strawberries
2
Tablespoons
Sugar

Method: Mince strawberries, add to a mixing glass, and muddle with the sugar. Add the Rhum Barbancourt (White Rhum Agricole), Wild Moon Rose Liqueur, and lime juice. Add 4 ice cubes to a shaker and shake it like you mean it. Strain into a chilled Coupe, Martini, or Margarita glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry. 

The Culinary Recipe 

Luxury Experience - Wild Strawberry Moon Ice Cream - photo by Luxury Experience 

Luxury Experience - Wild Strawberry Moon Ice Cream

Yield: 1-Quart  

Ice Cream Base Ingredients
 

3
 
Eggs
1
Cup
Sugar
2
Cups
Half & Half
2
Tsp
Vanilla
2
Cups
Heavy Cream

Method:  Beat eggs and half & half together in a large saucepan. Add sugar. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thickened (approximately 12-15 minutes); mixture should smoothly coat a spoon (do not boil). Cool mixture, then add heavy cream and vanilla. Refrigerate overnight.  

Strawberry Ingredients:
 

2
Cups
Fresh Strawberries, small dice
3
Ounces
1
Ounce
1
Ounce
Mint Simple Syrup

Method: Add all ingredients to a glass jar, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use. 

Mint Simple Syrup Ingredients:
 

1
Cup
Water
1
Cup
Sugar
1
Cup
Fresh Mint

Method for the Mint Simple Syrup: Add water, sugar, and mint to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil until the liquid is clear and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator until ready to serve. May be made 1- week ahead. Simple syrup is a great addition to use in cocktails, to sweeten iced tea or lemonade, brush on cake layers before frosting, and can also be used in dressings or marinades. 

Method to mix Ice Cream: Stir, then add the ice cream mixture into your ice cream machine. As the mixture firms up, add 3-4 tablespoons of the strawberry mixture. Let mixture fold together then add 3-4 more tablespoons. When the ice cream machine has almost finished its cycle, add the remaining strawberry mixture and finish processing the ice cream. Bon Appetit

Hartford Flavor Company is open Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm. They are closed on Sunday. 

Tours of their tasting room, Diana's Lair is open for tours Fridays from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Reservations only. 

Until next time, cheers, its cocktail time! 

Hartford Flavor Company - Hartford, CT USA  

Hartford Flavor Company
30 Arbor Street, Suite 107
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
United States
Telephone: +1-860-338-1642
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