We threw a little shindig today to say goodbye to SE Ad Sales Director Erin Adamo. I mixed up this bubbly punch—it's a good brunch or predinner drink: a little tart, a little sweet, and a little more complex than you'd expect. If you don't have Lillet Rouge, you could substitute a high-quality sweet vermouth (such as Dolin), but it won't be quite the same.
I used Small Hand Foods grenadine, but you can also make your own.
- 1 orange
- 1 lemon
- 4 ounces Lillet Rouge
- 2 ounces gin
- 3 dashes orange bitters
- 1 ounce high-quality grenadine
- 1 bottle sparkling wine, chilled
Peel the orange with a vegetable peeler (removing zest only, not pith) and place peels in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice.
Add the juice of the orange and the lemon, Lillet Rouge, gin, orange bitters, and grenadine. Stir well. Pour entire contents (including ice) into pitcher.
Top with entire bottle of sparkling wine, pouring slowly down to side so as not to overflow. Stir gently and serve immediately.