Virgin Atlantic's "Virgin Redhead"!


Nov 11th, 2017, 11:44 AM
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Virgin Atlantic's "Virgin Redhead"!

First of all, let me say I have never had one. They are famous, apparently, and you must have one when you visit the VA Heathrow lounge -- which we will be doing next year. Sorry, I realize that this is a travel website and not a cocktail lounge/cooking website. I am thinking of serving to our guest this Thanksgiving as they arrive. I have spent too many hours trying to figure out the best way to make and serve for a group. I will also post this topic on the England Forum.
Now, my questions are for my traveling and drinking buddies -- even thought we have never met. 6 ingredients plus Prosecco. Figuring I will need about 7 ounces for each of the 29 champagne glass servings. I am figuring on 2 ounces of mix and 5 ounces or the Prosecco. I never found a recipe in ounces - all in ml.

17 ounces Bombay Sapphire Gin
17 ounces fresh lemon juice NOTE -- seems like a whole lot of lemon juice. Any experience?
6 3/4 ounces Cassis
6 3/4 ounces Framboise
6 3/4 ounces raspberry puree (strain seeds)
5 ounces simple syrup

From what I am reading, you make each cocktail by shaking with ice and straining the 2 ounces of premix into your champagne glass or otherwise and then then stir in the 5 ounces of Prosecco.
Any suggestions? Proportions sounds OK? Any changes to recipe? Do they taste good? Make mix a day ahead of time? Any reason you could not make two at a time as couples arrive? I am not a great or experienced bartender. However, I am pretty good at drinking wine.
I will ask forgiveness ahead of time from those Fodor's folks that are only interested in actual travel advice. I don't mean to highjack anything. Thanks!
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Nov 20th, 2017, 02:02 AM
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Never heard of this one but it does sound amazing! The proportions sound fine. The lemon juice sounds a lot but it will be balanced by the cassis, framboise and of course, sugar syrup which are re all very sweet. It is a matter of personal taste but, if anything, I would possibly cut back on the sugar syrup.

Do they taste good? No idea, but I plan on finding out!
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Nov 24th, 2017, 04:21 PM
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You’ll love the Virgin Atlantic Lounge at Heathrow, it’s quite incredible, puts other airline lounges to shame.
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Nov 25th, 2017, 10:43 AM
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Thanks crellston and wunderbar2. It is the day after Thanksgiving and................the Virgin Redheads were a big hit. We used Christmas wine glasses instead of champagne glasses.

The other day, I converted the 'party' recipe to one for my wife and me.

Here goes, for the premix (makes total of 4 VRs):

2 1/2 oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin
1 oz. Crème de Cassis
1 oz. Framboise Raspberry Liqueur
2 1/4 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2/3 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. Raspberry Puree

then, obviously, shake 2 oz. (1/4 cup) premix over ice and strain into glass. Add the 4-5 oz. per drink of Prosecco.

NOTES: raspberry are a pain to juice (used some frozen and they were as good as fresh); vary the simple syrup based on personal taste and how tart the fresh raspberries are; my wife liked a greater proportion of the premix and I preferred the 2 oz. per cocktail

I know we will love the Virgin Atlantic Heathrow lounge. Our flight home leaves at 11 but we plan on getting to the lounge about 8. I want to have a nice breakfast (and compare Redheads) before heading home.

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Nov 27th, 2017, 01:41 AM
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Thanks for the feedback. Now I know what my first job on Christmas morning will be
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