AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 COCKTAILS AND SKETCHES – NUMBER 15 – THE OPERA HOUSE, HCMC, VIETNAM.

By Richie Fawcett

The Opera House on the left and the famous Square in front on Dong Khoi.

BUILDING

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.

COCKTAIL

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.

INGREDIENTS

75ml Champagne, 75ml Guiness, 25ml Raspberry liqueur, Table spoon of lychee caviar.

Layer the Champagne over the top of the Guiness

METHOD

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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