For this twist on the classic French 75, swapping out simple syrup for amaretto lends a “lush toasty note,” says Ryan Ward, the beverage director at Momofuku CCDC in Washington, D.C. He prefers Nikka Coffey gin, which has lots of citrus and green pepper botanicals from sansho peppers, a relative of the Szechuan peppercorn. “Amaretto isn’t just almond; it has notes of vanilla, citrus and some baking spice.”
This recipe originally appeared as part of “What the #$@! Do I Do with This? Amaretto: What It Is and How to Use It.”
- 1 1/2 ounces Nikka Coffey gin
- 1/2 ounce amaretto
- 3/4 ounce fesh lemon juice
- 2 ounces brut sparkling wine, chilled
- Garnish: lemon curl
Add all ingredients except the sparkling wine into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a coupe glass.
Top with the sparkling wine.
Garnish with a lemon curl.