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.