Aqua-Y-Essence, a Viognier Cocktail

Photo by Meg Baggott

From Brooklyn Bartender by Carey Jones (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2016)

Viognier + Lillet Blanc + gin + grapefruit = Aqua-Y-Essence. This stirred drink combines aromatic white wine with wine-based Lillet, contributing acidity without any fresh fruit juice.

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  • Grapefruit peel
  • 1½ ounce Dorothy Parker American gin
  • 1 ounce dry Viognier (or a full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc)
  • ¾ ounce Lillet Blanc
  • ¼ ounce Combier Pamplemousse (grapefruit liqueur)
  • 2 dashes grapefruit bitters

Twist a grapefruit peel into a coupe glass. Discard the peel and set the glass aside. Combine the remaining ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled and strain into the coupe glass.

Published on November 4, 2016
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