I made a tasty discovery at my local grocery market the other day, an effervescent drink that’s similar to non-alcoholic sparkling wine but so much more. 12 Noon to Midnight comes in two flavors, original and rouge developed by legendary chefs David Burke and Alfred Portale using a secret blend of herbs and spices. The recipe, according to the company, is so closely guarded that the formula is locked away in a safe in the middle of a cornfield at an undisclosed location.
I can see why since once you take a sip, the bottle won’t last very long. I tried the Rouge which has two different blends of all natural fruit juices along with a combination of organic white, green, black teas. This beverage, which took over 4 years to develop, undergoes a complex champagne carbonation process maintaining it in a liquid state at 10 degrees.
Great drinking on it’s own with distinct notes of pomegranate, black currant, black pepper, and ginger, I couldn’t help but think how tasty this would be as a cocktail mixer. Perfect with vodka, tequila or dark rum, I’m trying it out with the following recipe next time I pick up a bottle:
Steve’s Twisted Tea
2 oz. Flor de Cana Rum
1 oz. Cointreau
Splash lime juice
Shake, pour into highball glass filled with cracked ice, & top off with 12 Noon to Midnight Rouge
photos courtesy of 12 Noon to Midnight