By Richie Fawcett
Opened on the 1st January 1900, Saigon Opera house has a current capacity of 500 people. Built in the flamboyant style of the French third Republic, the building has had a history of multi purpose use. It was used as a shelter for French colonialists moving from North Vietnam and was a meeting hall for the Southern Vietnamese Lower House assembly between 1956 and 1975. After 1978, The Opera House went back to staging shows again. The building was restored in 1997-8.
The Opera House cocktail is based on the classic black velvet champagne cocktail. Inspired by the glamour of a night at the opera and being the material that a classic evening dress would be made from ;The addition of the lychee caviar is a surprising sweet contrast to the dry and malty mouth feel of the classic black velvet, providing a bitter symphony for the palette.
75ml Champagne, 75ml Guiness, 25ml Raspberry liqueur, Table spoon of lychee caviar.
Stir the Guiness and the raspberry liqueur together in a mixing glass to chill. Add to the frozen goblet glass. Float the chilled champagne on top of the Guiness. Add caviar gently to the Champagne so the champagne then creates a jacuzzi effect swirling around the Champagne above the Guiness. Serve with an opera mask for extra intrigue.
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