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

Rate & Comment


  • 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