Saturday, May 16, 2009
Regular readers know I have a soft spot for champagne cocktails. In this I follow Alfonso XIII of Spain, the man in the gray jacket in the illustration. After leaving his throne for the sake of his continued health in the 1930's, Alfonso spent much of his adult life touring the great hotels of France and Italy. He had some reputation as a dandy and a man who liked his champagne in the bar at the Ritz beginning around noon.
In that latter at least he was following in his father's footsteps. One of the classic champagne cocktails was invented for King Alfonso XII at the Deauville hotel in Normandy. Herewith, the Alfonso:
Mix a sugar cube, a dash Peychaud’s bitters and 20ml Dubonnet in a champagne flute. Top with cold champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.