Holiday Cocktail: Inspiration India

For the Dovetail Boutique holiday party we did a variation on the classic French 75 champagne cocktail using cardamom (a spice grown in India) and orange peel.

Don't forget the bling.
Bengal 75
2oz gin
1oz cardamom orange simple syrup
1oz lemon juice
Orange bitters

Shake above on ice and strain into a Collins glass with ice or into a champagne glass without ice. Top with about 4oz of champagne. Garnish with a few drops of orange bitters.

Notes: To make the syrup, using whole cardamom pods and crushing them with a mortar and pestle or in a spice grinder works best to impart the most flavor. Again, we bought ours at the Spice House in the Gold Coast, Chicago.

We used low-cost Gordon's Gin and J. Roget Brut sparkling wine because we were working with a really tight budget. But this cocktail worked wonderfully because the champagne was dry.

Also, don't skip the orange bitters on this one as they make a big difference.

Have a magical holiday.

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One Response to Holiday Cocktail: Inspiration India

  1. This looks SO delicious! And makes me want to travel to India...


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