HPNOTIQ Harmonie – Flower Power

For years HPNOTIQ has held its own at every private table and VIP section in the hottest clubs from Atlanta to Abu Dhabi but it’s not for them to rest on their laurels.  After 8 years HPNOTIQ introduces Harmonie and baby it’s definitely worth the wait

 

HPNOTIQ has been a club favorite for many years and has gotten the occasional shout-out in countless songs since it first made it’s debut in 2003.  It’s initial draw was it’s unique look but it was the taste that kept everyone coming back.  Its a combination of exotic fruit juice, French Vodka, and Cognac; very much a cocktail onto itself yet there are a multitude of recipes involving HPNOTIQ, including the once infamous $950 Ruby Cocktail (we’ll be posting a cocktail review of that and other notorious cocktails shortly). Delicious as is but many have preferred to add coconut rum or a splash of champagne to make it even more luxurious.

For years HPNOTIQ has held its own at every private table and VIP section in the hottest clubs from Atlanta to Abu Dhabi but it’s not for them to rest on their laurels.  After 8 years HPNOTIQ introduces Harmonie and baby it’s definitely worth the wait. Harmonie is like HPNOTIQ in many ways because of they are both comprised of Premium French Vodka, Fruit Juice and Cognac.  What sets it apart is the infusion of berries, lavender, and violets; giving Harmonie it’s beautiful opaque violet hue.

I’ve always been a big fan of HPNOTIQ for it’s light refreshing taste and the fact you can mix it with almost anything but after trying Harmonie, I honestly feel they really took a big leap forward with this.  It tastes amazing and it will be just a matter of time before there’s an entire recipe book and cocktails made with Harmonie.   Although the florals are the star of the show, the berry flavor makes its presence known.  Though the vodka is too subtle to be noticed, as a good neutral spirit should, the cognac provides a distinct sweetness and a lingering warmth at the end.  It’s ridiculous how delicious it is but a word of warning… there’s no bite to Harmonie, it tastes so good and goes down smooth, one could easily drink this all night long, just keep in mind it’s 17% alcohol per volume.  Sure, it may not seem so much but it adds up.

As trailblazing as Harmonie seems, it treads on familiar territory.  Though not mainstream, floral infused spirits have been around for a very long time.  Violets are popular choice and is even the main ingredient in the classic Aviation Cocktail.

  • 1/4 oz. violet liqueur
  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Luxardo maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup (optional)

 

Violet Infused Spirits

Using Harmonie in drink recipes calling for violet liquor is something many mixologist will be trying.  I would prefer Harmonie to Rothman & Winter Creme de Violet (R&W is too sugary) and Elie-Arnaud Denoix, although in a class of its own, is almost impossible to find; I had stumbled upon it in a tiny shop in Cannes and haven’t been able to track it down anywhere else.  Although Harmonies fruit, berry, lavender, and cognac flavors keep it from being a true violet liquor, it makes for a delightful alternative and can breathe life back into some almost forgotten vintage cocktails.

Like HPNOTIQ, Harmonie looks to be marketed towards women.  It’s floral notes, light delicious taste, beautiful violet color it would deem a perfect fit demographically but if you’re a man, you shouldn’t let that deter you from trying.  It tastes wonderful and purple is, after all, the color of royalty.  So the next time you are behind the velvet ropes holding court makes sure the Harmonie is chilled and everyone’s glasses are full.  It’s been a long time coming, you can’t go wrong with Harmonie.

Available nationwide June 1st so get out there and pick up a couple bottles.  Trust me, one bottle won’t last very long.

 

 

Xan

Founder and senior editor of VODA. Cocktailian, Journalist, Traveler, and the next Robin Leach.

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