Dragon Rider Champagne Cocktail

cuisine American
difficulty Simple
makes 1 cocktail
season Year Round

Ingredients

1 ounce Aperol 1/2 ounce St. Germain Liqueur 1 drop orange bitters 1 teaspoon blood orange juice 1/2 slice blood orange for garnish 3 to 4 ounces grower's brut champagne, or other dry sparkling wine

Directions

  1.  Pour the Aperol into the CHAMPAGNE GLASS.
  2.  Add the liqueur, juice, and bitters.
  3.  Tuck the blood orange garnish in the glass.
  4.  Top with champagne or sparkling wine and serve immediately.

Kitchen Notes

Champagne and sparkling wine should be chilled to 42 to 45 degrees F. for 30 minutes before serving. For a mini-course on grower's champagne read WINE FOLLY's "GETTING INTO GROWER CHAMPAGNE." Two great grower champagne producers easily procured in the U.S. are Laherte Frères and Crèmant du Jura, both available at a fraction of the price of maison imported champagnes.