Inspired by Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle series
Fancy enough not to embarrass your rich parents, powerful enough to knock a reckless teenage boy on his butt. It fizzes and sputters, but best of all, it’s very, very orange.
- 2 oz very ripe apricots (pitted)
- 1 short sprig rosemary, leaves stripped
- ¼ oz honey
- ¼ oz fresh lemon juice
- ¾ oz bourbon
- ¾ oz St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
- Brut champagne/sparkling wine to top
In a cocktail shaker of your choice (but you’d probably prefer a lidded Mason jar, given this is the South), muddle the apricots and rosemary leaves with the honey as thoroughly as Adam would like to grind his father’s face into the ground – which is to say, extremely thoroughly.
Add the lemon, St. Germain, bourbon, and ice. Shake it harder than Ronan would like to shake Kavinsky, for at least 30 seconds. Strain into large champagne flute over a fine mesh sieve; then sloooooowly (the way Blue wants to take it with her first suitor) top with champagne. (It helps to give it the barest stir after the first bit of champagne to distribute the tart and sweet elements and keep it from foaming over. After serving, you or your guest should stir again.) It should create a layered effect.
Wait for AAA and your designated driver.
MOCKTAIL: The Noah
Add one more ounce of muddled apricots. Replace all alcohol with club soda.
Alternatively, replace alcohol and lemon juice with Belvoir elderflower presse lemonade, available at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and other specialty grocery stores.
probably I should not reblog alcoholic drinks but here I go.