Bonnie Prince Charlie

[Photos: Alice Gao]

It's a sparkler for sure, but on the dry side, crisp Veuve Ambal brut blanc de blancs with Drambuie (there's the Scotch tie-in), St. Germain (which McCarthy calls "liquid MSG"), and a twist of lemon. Drop the lemon in pith side up and it'll bubble effusively for minutes on end.

Note: For orange bitters, McCarthy uses a combination of Regan's orange bitters #6 ("for depth and body") and West Indian Orange Bitters ("fresh, blossom-y").

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Bonnie Prince Charlie

About This Recipe

Yield:Makes 1 cocktail
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:Champagne glass


  • 1/4 ounce St. Germain
  • 1/2 ounce Drambuie
  • 1 dash orange bitters (see note)
  • Sparkling wine, chilled
  • Lemon twist, to garnish


  1. 1

    Combine St. Germain, Drambuie, and orange bitters in champagne glass. Fill with sparkling wine. Twist a lemon peel on top to release oils, and leave in glass, pith side up.

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