1/2 oz Copper & Kings Lavender Absinthe
1/2 oz Grapefruit Juice
1/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Orgeat
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe. Top with ~2 1/2 oz brut sparkling wine and garnish with a short mint sprig.
Two Monday nights ago while in Louisville, Kentucky, I ventured over to Meta for a drink. Meta opened in 2013 in the space that held an old strip club called Show-n-Tell. Besides repurposing the sign and turning the stripper poles into the foot rails for the bar, the bar's theme is to transform old cocktails into new. Their menu explains, "Meta is a term, especially in art, used to characterize something that is characteristically self-referential. At Meta, we believe the craft cocktail movement is as meta as it gets - bartending about bartending. Please enjoy our house cocktails, and feel free to trace them to their roots by sampling our own rendition of the classic(s) they're inspired by."