Bonnie Prince Charlie Recipe

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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Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 1/4 ounce St. Germain

  • 1/2 ounce Drambuie

  • 1 dash orange bitters (see note)

  • Sparkling wine, chilled

  • Lemon twist, to garnish


  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.

Special equipment

Champagne glass

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
211 Calories
0g Fat
16g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 211
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 115mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)