I first enjoyed this cocktail at a friend’s 30th birthday brunch in the Castro. The sweetness of the Elderflower complimented our host’s decadent alcohol-infused, granola-encrusted french toast. I doctored the original Chow.com recipe up a bit by adding sparkling ruby red grapefruit juice. It’s a great alternative to the regular weekend warrior mimosas.
St-Germain elderflower liqueur is the main alcoholic ingredient and in recent years has made a resurgence in many a San Francisco bar and restaurant.
You can find it at high-end liqueur stores or online.
Total Time: Under 5 mins
Active Time: Under 5 mins
Makes: 1 drink
3 ounces sparkling ruby red grapefruit juice
10 dashes angostura bitters
1 ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
6 ounces chilled brut sparkling wine
Add bitters to bottom of a chilled champagne flute. Add elderflower liqueur, top with sparkling wine and ruby red juice, and serve.