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Rose Wishes (and Caviar Dreams) Champagne Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce Aperol
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 to 3 leaves lemon verbena plus an additional one for garnish
  • 2 to 3 mint leaves
  • 1 basil leaf
  • 1/2 ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 2 to 3 ounces rose Champagne or dry sparkling rose
  • Sturgeon caviar optional garnish

Instructions

  • STEP 1
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the gin, Aperol, simple syrup, lemon juice, orange bitters, mint, lemon verbena and basil.
  • Shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
  • STEP 2
  • In a separate chilled cocktail coupe or Champagne flute, add the one-half ounce St-Germain, rinse the glass with it and discard, leaving a small amount of St. Germain to coat the glass.
  • STEP 3
  • Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass and top with 2 to 3 ounces sparkling rose. Garnish with a large leaf of lemon verbena draped over the glass; as an option, spoon a small amount of sturgeon caviar on top of the leaf.