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Grapefruit Champagne Float

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

This sorbet can be whipped up a few hours before guests arrive. Serve the float in individual flutes or bowls, or as a large punch with the sorbet floating in the center. I use 2 to 3 ounces of Champagne for a medium-sized scoop, which should get you around 8 servings with one bottle of Champagne.

I recommend a citrus- or fruit-forward gin here; the juniper shouldn't be too strong. Bluecoat is perfect, but Nolet's or the more affordable New Amsterdam are great alternatives. If you can't abide by a trace of gin in your dessert, vodka will do just fine.

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