NUVO over the Top - created by Cheri Loughlin - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Perhaps you have seen the elegant French perfume bottle snuggled in among the premium liqueurs recently.  It is filled with an effervescent soft pink liquid and labeled NUVO “L’Esprit de Paris’.  Yes, now you know the one I mean.  This is the same stunning bottle that scarcely makes it to the back bar before ladies fawn over it having to have a cocktail with “IT” in it without an inkling as to what “IT” even is.  This is “THE” liqueur upscale cocktail lounges pour straight out of the bottle into a champagne glass over ice and call it a cocktail.  The real beauty for the bar is minimal labor at an optimal price per cocktail.  And that is before anyone knows what NUVO even is.

So what is this sheer pink liqueur?

NUVO is anything but fluff.  There is real taste in this unique bottle.  NUVO is a blend of premium triple distilled French vodka infused with French sparkling wine (predominately made of chardonnay with a hint of pinot noir) and natural fruit nectar, thus creating; NUVO French Sparkling Liqueur.  The feel is light and airy, not as carbonated as soda or bubbly as champagne, but just enough to twinkle on the taste buds.  Possibly lilting and fresh is more accurate.  Raspberry is the primary fruit flavor that flows through with likely hints of strawberry and peach.  It is not as robust as the raspberry flavor of Chambord, nor is this the intent of NUVO.  However, this is an excellent alternative for Chambord lovers who desire a festive, sensual feel.

Speaking of festive, NUVO’s cocktails take celebration to a new level.  The champagne flute is no longer saved for Dom Perignon or the Sunday brunch Bellini.  While NUVO’s cocktails are not over the top innovative, they are delightfully fun for any party atmosphere.

Effortless:  NUVO over ice in a champagne flute; breezy, uncomplicated and chic.

Trendy:  NUVO Sparkling Cosmo; a little bit of thrill in your chilled martini glass.

Sophisticated:  NUVO Black Code; an updated twist on the classic French 75

Sure, marketers know exactly who they are selling to with NUVO: women and those who are in a celebratory mood looking to stand out with something new, eye catching and cutting edge.   NUVO found its niche and rapped lightly at the door with a bit of the bubbly in hand.  This is a fun little liqueur created to complement the playful spirit within us all.

Sparkling Cosmo - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinNUVO Sparkling Cosmo

1 ounce Premium Vodka

2 ounces NUVO Sparkling Liqueur

Lime Twist Garnish

Place vodka in rocks glass or martini glass with ice. Add chilled NUVO Sparkling Liqueur over top. Garnish with lime twist. Alternative: Place vodka in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Add chilled NUVO Sparkling Liqueur over top. Garnish with lime twist.

NUVO Black Code – created by Fabulous

1 ounce Cognac

2 ounces NUVO Sparkling Liqueur

Lime Twist Garnish

Place cognac in rocks glass with ice. Add Sparkling NUVO Liqueur to top. Garnish with lime twist.

NUVO Over the Top –created by Cheri Loughlin

1 ounce Raspberry Vodka

1/2 ounce Raspberry Liqueur

1/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

2 ounces chilled NUVO Sparkling Liqueur

Lemon Twist & Fresh Raspberries Garnish

Place vodka, raspberry liqueur and lemon juice in cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into chilled martini glass. Top with chilled NUVO Sparkling Liqueur. Garnish with lemon twist. Float or skewer raspberries according to preference. Alternative:Build over ice.


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NUVO Sparkling Liqueur: New Height of Celebration
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One thought on “NUVO Sparkling Liqueur: New Height of Celebration

  • February 20, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    how many calories does NUVO have?

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