A Chambord Cocktail for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Pamela

Chambord, Chambord cocktail, Chambord vodka, French Martini
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I recently had the opportunity to meet with the cellar master for Chambord.  (SQUEEEEEEE!!!!)  I’ve enjoyed pouring a tipple or two of this liqueur for years.  I’ve also added it to champagne (who needs a mimosa?), hot chocolate (if you’ve never had Chambord in your hot chocolate…you’ve never really had hot chocolate), and as a lovely topping for vanilla ice cream (chocolate syrup…p’shaw).

You’ve no doubt seen the iconic Chambord bottle at your local liquor store.  It really tends to stand out because it’s round (always has been).  It’s gone through several iterations with “bling” like decorations which once included a golden crown topping the bottle and gold straps running down its sides.  The design has recently been streamlined and all “bling” has been removed.  When purchasing a bottle of Chambord in the store you will no longer feel like a pimp…but don’t think your regalness has been diminished.  I find that when I’m having one of my royal moments at home the Chambord bottle is the perfect accessory.  Every once in a while I must reinforce my royal status at the house.  I don the tiara, from my wedding, and hold the bottle of Chambord (from the bottom) as my royal orb while letting my subjects know that this household has a Queen who is not beyond declaring “off with their head” if the toilet seat gets left up one more time.

During our get together I learned how Chambord is made, in the Loire Valley of France.  No, I did not meet him there…it was in New York (I’m working on that trip to France though). The process used to make the liqueur is an infusion process very similar to the blueberry infused vodka that I made.  (So I guess that makes me a cellar master too.)  They infuse their spirit with raspberries and blackberries and turn it all into a fantastic purple nectar.

But after hundreds of years of producing Chambord…they have now come out with Chambord vodka.  The vodka is produced in much the same way as the original Chambord liqueur, which gives it a light lavender color (so pretty).  I’ve mixed up several of the Chambord cocktails from their website and really enjoy the light black raspberry flavor in the drinks.  I think the vodka is a little more versatile than Chambord itself.

Using the Chambord vodka to make a vodka and soda is fantastic for those that are trying to lose some weight, but still want to have a cocktail.  While drinking and dieting don’t really go hand in hand, the vodka and soda is what  is commonly recommended most often for those who are.  Since most people are looking for a little sweetness or fruit flavor in their cocktails, this gives you the benefits of the better drink for your waistline and a bit of sweet and fruit at the same time.

But the beautiful pink color of that drink reminded me that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  So October is the month where everybody can openly talk about boobies…and they should.  Because 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.  SAVE THE BOOBIES!

Relationship Advice

Pink RibbonI know that this is the place where I usually talk about the relationships between couples, but today I want to talk about the relationships between women and their breasts.  Most everyone I know has been affected by breast cancer in some form…either a lump scare, a biopsy, a mastectomy or a death.

My mother is a breast cancer survivor…a double mastectomy.  Her story started 3 years ago.  While she did her own self tests at home it was a mammogram that caught the lump.  The lump was so small it was undetectable by feel, even the doctors couldn’t feel it.  A couple of years later, a mass was detected in her other breast through a mammogram.  Again, the mass was too small to detect by touch.  While they were performing the surgery, they found an additional mass of cancer that had not been detectable yet and removed that as well.  My mom is doing well and wants her story told.  She can’t stress enough, the importance of getting a mammogram.  This is just my story and I’m sure you all have some as well.  If you would like to share them, please leave a comment.  Love your boobies ladies!

For more information you can visit these sites:

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Statistics

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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8 comments

Cocktail Crush October 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Wow, chambord hot chocolate, have to try that, definately intrigued!! I hope everyone remembers to support Breast Cancer charities and that all the women out there understand how big an issue this is.

Nancy October 11, 2010 at 11:05 am

Beautiful cocktail and story about Chambord (never tried it in hot chocolate and now I am itching for a cold day to try it out!!)
So glad to hear that your mother is doing well – one of my husband’s employee’s was just diagnosed and is going in for a double mastectomy tomorrow :-(. Hubs told her ” you have a new job assignment – it’s to get well and that is the only “work” I want you to be doing!!
It’s so encouraging to hear stories of women who have triumphed over this disease!

the savvy host October 10, 2010 at 8:26 am

great cocktail – and great inspiration – so glad to have stumbled across your site thanks to pointes from @SippitySup and @HungryRabbitNYC. excited to read more!!

sippitysup October 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I have been in WI eating cheese for the Milk Board! I feel so lost and out of the loop. I am just now trying to catch up. Fortunately you have figured out a cocktail always moves to the front of my rss! GRG

Jennifer October 8, 2010 at 11:13 am

I’m a big Chamborg fan and I love Vodka so this sounds like the perfect combo. Just had my first biopsy (it was benign thankfully) and everyone on my father’s side has died of some sort of cancer, so i know how stressful that can be. Glad to hear your mother’s doing well and I fully support mammograms, as you stated, not everything can be detected by touch.

Pamela October 11, 2010 at 10:55 am

I’m glad to hear it was benign! You’ll really like this drink…it’s nice and light (not to mention pretty).

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