Saturday, June 1, 2019

perfect circle

1 1/2 oz Campari
1 1/2 oz Fino or Manzanilla Sherry (Lustau Fino)

Chill in a Collins glass in the freezer. Add 3 oz dry sparkling wine (Gloria Ferrer Brut), add ice, and garnish with an orange wheel (orange twist).
Two Saturday nights ago, we were drinking a bottle of sparkling wine with dinner. Andrea wondered if we should save the last glass for that night's cocktail, and I remembered a few champagne recipes in Maggie Hoffman's Batch Cocktails book. In that collection, I spotted a recipe from Paul McGee and Shelby Allison of Lost Lake that was not a tropical libation but a sherry riff on the Americano called the Perfect Circle, and I adapted the 8 serving pitcher drink to a single serving one listed above. In the glass, the Perfect Circle offered an orange and white wine bouquet to the nose. Next, a carbonated wine sip led into bitter orange followed by dry savory flavors on the swallow.

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