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Bluegrass Cocktails: Orange Blossom Special

May 26, 2016

Bluegrass Cocktails: Orange Blossom Special

A song dubbed the "fiddle player's national anthem" deserves a namesake cocktail similarly playful and uplifting, and what brightens the spirit better than bubbles? This sparkling beverage brings together rich cognac and botanical gin for a take on the traditional French 75 with a little more depth. Naturally, the orange blossom water lends a floral quality — just be careful to add sparingly, as this tincture tends to be quite perfumey — that highlights both the juniper of the gin and the earthiness of the cognac. It's a sophisticated tipple that doesn't take itself too seriously.

1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz cognac
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup (1:1 sugar to water)
Champagne or sparkling dry white wine
3 drops orange blossom water

Add spirits, lemon juice, and sweetener to a cocktail tin with one ice cube, and shake briefly to incorporate. Strain into coupe or Champagne flute. Top with Champagne or sparkling white wine, and add orange blossom water. Garnish with lemon peel.

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