American 25 Cocktail

A patriotic twist on the French 75
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American 25 Cocktail
Photo: Rachel Vanni/Tasting Table

Who doesn’t love a Champagne cocktail? Already huge fans of the French 75, we tap Robert Simonson for his recipe for an American 25, which combines Scotch and apple brandy with bubbly Champagne. It’s a refreshing sparkling cocktail that picks up complex flavors from smoky Scotch.

You can easily make this cocktail for a group by batching all the ingredients minus the Champagne and lemon twists. Then, when you’re ready to serve, shake with ice and top with Champagne and a lemon twist.

To learn more, read “The Old-Fashioned Way.”

American 25 Cocktail

Recipe adapted from Robert Simonson

Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Total Time: 5 minutes


1 ounce apple brandy (preferably Laird’s)

½ ounce lemon juice

½ ounce simple syrup

¼ ounce smoky Scotch whiskey (preferably Laphroaig 10 Year)

4 ounces Champagne, chilled

Lemon twist, for garnish


In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine the apple brandy, lemon juice, simple syrup and Scotch. Shake until chilled, then strain into a flute. Top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist, then serve.

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