Sunday, December 20, 2015

41 Days of Drinks (day 30)

• This is the latest entry in a daily feature that is running through New Year's Eve. To provide it, I combed through all sorts of sources -- my own archives, bar books, distillers' ideas, etc. -- even press releases from breathless PR people seeking to get their clients' products mentioned.

The renowned Las Vegas mixologist Diane Silvey is a frequent winner in brand-sponsored cocktail competitions. A few years ago, in something called the "Beverage Arts Challenge," co-sponsored by Grand Marnier, the world's top-selling liqueur, and Travel + Leisure magazine, she came up with one that is among my favorites.

THE GRAND FINALE 

1 ounce Grand Marnier
1½ ounces guava nectar
1½ ounces Sence Rose Nectar
1 squeeze of fresh lemon wedge
Splash of Veuve Clicquot Champagne
Long, thin orange peel

Combine first four ingredients in ice-filled mixing glass. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with Veuve Clicquot. Garnish with orange peel scattered on top.

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