First and foremost, anytime is a good time for bubbles! That is one of our many mantras. One year, Pip had a resolution with friends that we start every dinner with a glass of bubbles. That resolution has lasted nine years.
We love adding sparkle to everything. Effervescence has become one of my favorite words since I started crafting cocktails, or tasting cocktails, for that matter (I won't mention when that started). So we take certain classics, fiddle with the ingredients and ratios, as we do, then add some bubbles! Voila! Magic, bubbly cocktails.
Pip from Raise Your Spirits (2020):
"Tolerance for Campari has been the battle of the bitter taste buds for years. I am an avid pusher of the bitter aperitif, but I understand the need to mellow it out from time to time. Here, we sub in Aperol. This works exceptionally well with the sparkling wine and plays into the sweet spot everyone has these days for the Aperol Spritz.
I was already featuring sweet vermouth and Aperol in other recipes this session to stay kind to our pandemic pocketbooks. But, wait, you get more! Sub out the spirit here for bourbon and BANG. We have a Boulevardier."
The classic Boulevardier involves stirring together bourbon, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Strain over a sexy ice cube and express with orange. Delicious.
Bubbles Blvd. is an easy build, right in your wine glass. No need to stir, we’ll be topping with ice so the dilution will come over time. But, if you prefer this up with your bubbles, give it a quick stir with ice then strain out. A quick chill and dilution goes a long way.
Either way, it’s a great cocktail for an afternoon on the patio.
¾ OZ BOURBON
¾ OZ APEROL
¾ OZ SWEET VERMOUTH
2 OZ SPARKLING WINE
2 OZ CLUB SODA
GARNISH: ORANGE PEEL
Add bourbon, Aperol, & sweet vermouth directly into wine glass. Top with club soda & sparkling wine. Fill glass with ice. Express orange peel over cocktail. Rub peel around rim of glass & place into drink.