Moroccan Champagne Cocktail


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Modern Mediterranean

Modern Mediterranean

By Melia Marden

Published 2013

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I’m a sucker for a classic champagne cocktail. The simple elegance of sparkling wine dressed up with a sugar cube, a drop of bitters, and a lemon twist evokes visions of another era full of glamorous women in black cocktail dresses and diamonds slinking through dimly lit hotel bars. My version is inspired by what I consider to be the quintessential Moroccan flavor combination: orange and almond.


  1. 1 raw cane sugar cube
  2. ⅛ teaspoon orange-flower water
  3. Very cold sparkling wine
  4. 1 teaspoon amaretto liqueur, such as Disaronno
  5. 1 strip orange zest, 2 inches (5 centimeters) long and 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) wide (see Note)


    1. Place the sugar cube in a champagne glass and add the orange-flower water.
    2. Fill the glass with sparkling wine and add the amaretto.
    3. Hold the orange zest over the mouth of the glass with both hands and twist lightly to release the oil in the skin; drop the zest into the cocktail and serve.