Bubbly, citrus-forward and refreshing, the Vermouth Royale is just as lovely served in the dead of winter as it is poolside during the summer. If you don’t have a muddler, the business end of a wooden spoon or tapered rolling pin work just as well. Since crème de cassis can quickly skew a cocktail saccharine, the Vermouth Royale starts with a half-ounce. That said, if your preference for sweetness skews a touch higher, feel free to use up to three-quarters of an ounce of crème de cassis.
- Serves: 1 person
- ½lime, cut into wedges
- 2(3-inch) lemon peels
- ½teaspoon granulated sugar
- Very small pinch of flaky sea salt
- 2ounces dry vermouth
- ½ounce crème de cassis
- 2to 3 ounces sparkling wine
Step 1Add the lime wedges, one of the lemon peels, sugar and salt to the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler (or the end of a wooden spoon) to lightly smash and release the lime’s juices and the lemon’s oils and to dissolve the sugar and salt.
Step 2Add the vermouth and crème de cassis, and fill the shaker with ice. Cover and shake until very cold, then strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with the second lemon peel.