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Velvet Underground Cocktail

The Velvet Underground was born because I wanted to make a cocktail with Pimms.  I purchased a bottle of Pimms No. 1 Cup several months ago, and it was gathering dust in the bar.  Feeling a bit sorry for the bottle I decided to make a cocktail with it.  My method for making a cocktail typically involves grabbing bottles and a straw, looking for complimentary mixes. Once found it’s a matter of experimentation with proportions.

Making a Great Cocktail

Pimms No. 1 Cup is a light fruity gin based liqueur.  It actually stands alone very well in the cocktail that bears its name and is the official drink of Wimbledon.  For the Velvet Underground I wanted  a flavorful new cocktail, so I began tasting Pimms with a variety of liquors.  What I settled on is exceptionally delicious and unique.  The flavor is floral and fruity, but not offensively overpowering.

To build the drink I started with a base of Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth, if you are not familiar, this is not your average vermouth.  Carpano Antica is rich, bitter, slightly sweet, and exceptionally herbaceous.  Next a layer of spice was needed and was found by adding Velvet Falernum, a common addition in tiki drinks, with flavors of cloves and ginger.  Finally a touch of St Germain Elderflower Liqueur for a floral note.  I put all this on a bit of muddled orange for citrus notes to balance the drink.

I picked  the name because I’m a big fan of Lou Reed and his edgy rock band, this feels like the sort of cocktail one might enjoy in a basement club in New York in the late  60’s.

The result is exceptional, rich and smooth in the mouth, but not heavy and sticky.  You will find the Velvet Underground a perfect addition to a cocktail party as it is not the typical quaff.  It is also an elegantly smooth after work cocktail, when you really deserve a treat, like tonight.

Velvet Underground

Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth. Pimms No. 1 Cup. Velvet Falernum. St Germain Elderflower. Orange. 

Velvet Underground Cocktail

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By Rick Britt Serves: 1 Cocktail
Prep Time: 2 minutes

Exceptionally rich and smooth, but not heavy and sticky the Velvet Underground is a perfect addition to a cocktail party as it is not the typical quaff.


  • 1 1/2 ounce Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce Pimms No. 1 Cup
  • 1/2 ounce Velvet Falernum
  • 1/4 ounce St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 Orange Wheel for muddling
  • Orange wedge of garnish



Muddle 1 orange wheel (a 1/4 inch thick slice of a orange) in a mixing glass.


Add remaining ingredients.


Fill half the mixing glass volume with ice.


Stir for 30 seconds.


Strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube.


Lay the orange wedge on top of the cube.

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