Champagne is the bottle of choice for a variety of romantic celebrations. The fruity, berry notes of the bubbly work really well with the botanicals in the gin and the chocolate liqueur. And there's a range of great, affordable rosés that are made in the methode traditionnelle—a fantastic alternative to Champagne if you're going to be going through a couple of bottles.
This is most definitely a special-occasion drink—it's a complex cocktail with layers and nuance. But life's definitely more rosy with rosé.
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Recipe by Jim Meehan, Tasting Table Drinks Editor
Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Total Time: 5 minutes
3 ounces sparkling rosé
1 ounce gin (preferably Plymouth Gin)
1½ ounces Zwack
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
Cava, to top
Rose petal, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, combine the rosé, gin, Zwack, lemon juice and Marie Brizard Crème de Cacao White over ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe. Top with the cava and garnish with a rose petal.