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Recipe: Sparkling Ginger Daisy

A daisy is a classic juice-based cocktail sweetened with grenadine or a red liqueur, often topped with sparkling wine. Here, the bright spice of ginger plays against a backdrop of bubbles for a festive holiday sparkler. If you feel like gilding the lily, try one or both of the optional special touches. The recipe is adapted from my book Spice & Ice: 60 Tongue-Tingling Cocktails (Chronicle Books 2009).

A Sparkling Ginger Daisy cocktail, in a sugar-rimmed glass
Antonis Achilleos/Courtesy of Chronicle Books
A Sparkling Ginger Daisy cocktail, in a sugar-rimmed glass
Antonis Achilleos/Courtesy of Chronicle Books

Makes 1 drink

1 ounce gin

1 ounce ginger liqueur

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon grenadine

Brut champagne

Combine the gin, ginger liqueur, lemon juice and grenadine in an ice-filled mixing glass. Stir until well chilled and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne.

Optional Garnishes

1. Rim the flute with sparkling sugar (a specialty baking product — sugar crystals colored with food-grade carnauba wax — available in the baking aisle of many supermarkets) before pouring in the drink.

2. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry at the bottom of the flute.