This vibrant, ruby-red cocktail — devised for Valentine’s Day by Bien Trucha, a group of Mexican restaurants in the suburbs of Chicago — is a superb opener for an intimate dinner. But there’s no need to limit the drink to one annual event. Serve it at Mother’s Day; it’s actually mild enough for brunch. It also suits an anniversary party, a summertime celebration and — prepared in a generous quantity to fill a punch bowl — one of December’s festive occasions. It’s easily made. The drink was inspired by the classic Kir Royale (Champagne and cassis) though a variation that suggests a margarita is another option: Replace the strawberries with a couple of blood orange segments and use a triple-sec liqueur instead of the cassis. Garnish it with a blood orange segment.
- Serves: 1 person
- 3red ripe strawberries
- ¾ounce lime juice
- ¾ounce simple syrup (see note)
- ¼ounce crème de cassis
- 1ounce silver tequila
- 3to 4 ounces dry sparkling wine
Step 1Muddle two of the strawberries in a cocktail shaker. Add lime juice, simple syrup, crème de cassis and tequila. Shake with ice and strain into a champagne flute.
Step 2Top off with sparkling wine and garnish with a strawberry.