Shake a bottle of that shimmering purple liquid known as Viniq Liqueur and your eyes will likely be darting all over the place as flecks majestic velvety shimmer start to sparkle. This ghostly shimmer comes from the same ingredients that is used to give frosting its shine or rock candy its sparkle, a mineral called powdered mica that’s often used in baking and surprisingly works wonders when Viniq is used in cocktails. Gimmicky? Maybe, but the flavour profile and potential for this liqueur is much bigger than the liquid’s lava lamp appearance.
Viniq became available from Dan Murphy’s stores nationally just a few months ago, bringing the country its first ever shimmer liqueur with a unique body made from premium vodka, moscato, and natural fruit flavours. It’s obviously designed to use in cocktails, particularly for bartenders who want to add a little trendy theatre to their fruitier, summer-ready concoctions.
Cocktails that require nuances of fresh white peach and grape skins would benefit the most from Viniq. The sugary liqueur is rather consistent from nose to the back of the palate, not too complex but lifting the aforementioned flavours quite well. It isn’t too strong which would make it an ideal accompaniment with other ingredients, and its easy to maintain a balance in simple cocktails. Even using this with just straight lemonade (good quality, like Fever-Tree) has some great results.
Though aesthetic seems to be its main pull, a bottle of Viniq is a good addition to any cocktail enthusiasts shelves, and if nothing else it’s a good party trick to have in play for those who like their fruity, sugary drinks without the overwhelming thickness of more syrupy liqueurs.
For a signature serve created by award-winning Australian bartender Kurtis Bosley click HERE.