My friend Annie T. is a gal with a passion for the bubbly. Over the weekend she concocted a 'to die for' sparkling wine cocktail, and those of us indulging were hooked. I love this for a fall evening as the bourbon and bitter orange are the flavors of the season. I quickly acquired the recipe and served them up the next night for some serious wine drinking folks..again, a hit. Mix up a batch of the following elixir.
1 cup bourbon or rye whiskey-I used Maker's Mark
2 tsp orange bitters–I used Fee Brothers
5-6 tablespoons superfine sugar
Mix until sugar is dissolved. Pour over ice and top with sparkling wine. Finish off with a lemon twist.
You can adjust the proportion but we used about 1/4 elixir to 3/4 sparkler. Maybe a little more elixir–it's an inexact science. Anne used Mumm, I used Domaine Chandon, anything from that shelf above goes! Cheers. xoSB