Coming up with unique cocktail recipes is a passion of ours particularly when it involves great ingredients. So when we were sent two bottles of Veuve Ambal’s delicious sparkling wine along with some of my favorite bitters on the market in Hella Bitter, we were pretty jazzed up about the #BitterBubbles challenge presented: develop a cocktail showcasing these two ingredients with no other limitations.
As I got to thinking, some of the more classic cocktails showcase sparkling wine’s in their recipe. But the pairing of bitters and the bubbly was not something I could remember trying. But having tasted the Hella Bitter offerings before, I knew I wanted to highlight the beautiful balance of the citrus bitters in my recipe. With so many bitters on the market these days, it’s hard to find something that actually stands up but these Hella citrus are just phenomenal in drinks.
And then it hit me. Pairing the citrus bitters with some fresh citrus and some of my favorite gin would be the perfect bridge to the light and crisp Veuve Ambal. Lastly, with the addition of basil simple syrup, my go-to for spring time cocktails we had ourselves a winner my friends: A Bitter Spring.
Check out the recipe below and don’t miss out on grabbing some delicious Veuve Ambal and Hella Bitters for this drink and much more!
A Bitter Spring
2 oz Gin (I used Bluecoat)
1.5 oz basil simple syrup (see recipe here)
1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
5-8 dashes Hella Bitter Citrus
Veuve Ambal Sparkling Wine
Add the first 5 ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a coupe, martini, or other straight cocktail glass and top with Veuve Ambal Sparkling Wine. Garnish with an orange peel and serve!