three nights in new york city

The last time I entered a sweeps sponsored by Chambord, I was inspired enough to run across the street to the liquor store and buy a bottle of the black raspberry stuff. I’d found a recipe I wanted to try on the Chambord website, for a Candy Apple Martini, which combines vodka, Chambord and apple schapps. It was a decent enough martini as martinis go, but not one that would become part of my repertoire.

The real find that day was the Berentzen Apfelkorn Apple Schnapps, suggested by my esteemed spirits advisor. (I just realized I do not even know the gentleman’s name. I must introduce myself next time.) I ended up leaving the bottle in the freezer and taking a nip now and then. I suppose more “now” than “then” because it didn’t last long.

This morning I found another Chambord sweeps, for a three-night stay in the Big Apple this February. The hotel is not specified. The prize includes tickets to one of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week shows and $1,000 for shopping. (Maybe the Borat guy will drop in. Security!) In the spirit of personal history repeating itself, I clicked around the Chambord recipes. I found what looks like a lovely one, a Chambord Cosmo. I’ll try it tomorrow, provided the liquor stores aren’t closed for Columbus Day. Speaking of Columbus, I wish Washington had a Little Italy.

This would be fun. I’ve lost my cocktail virginity twice in New York City. I drank my first Apple Martini in the Big Apple, at The Algonquin. I had my first Manhattan in Brooklyn, at the home of friends of a friend. Bottoms up.

To enter, click HERE. One time entry. The sweeps closed December 15.