This is a of a seasonal twist on the standard Champagne Cocktail, originally created in the mid-1800s, and made famous by Hollywood in films like “Casablanca.” The original cocktail is made with straight cognac or brandy; Marlon Hanson's version at 6Smith uses a seasonal apple brandy, like Laird's. He has also chosen Prosecco instead of Champagne for a slightly sweeter flavor. The sugar cube will dissolve with time as the cocktail sits, making it sweeter and sweeter.
This cocktail is easy to make non-alcoholic; simply substitute sparkling apple juice for the brandy and Prosecco.
- 1 Demerara sugar cube
- 2 Dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 ½ oz Laird’s apple brandy
Chill the apple brandy by stirring over ice. Strain into a flute, to which you’ve already added the sugar cube and bitters. Top with Prosecco. Garnish with an expressed lemon peel.
6Smith is located on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, in Wayzata. On the first Saturday of each month, they host a Classic Cocktail Class, which you must be 21 or older to attend.
294 Grove Lane East
Wayzata, MN 55391