Cinco de Mayo Champagne Cocktail

May 5, 2015

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By Buffy York

When I first saw the recipe for a drink called a St. Florentine, the ingredients sounded like it would make for a really pretty drink and it had a champagne topper, I decided I needed to give it a try and share it with all of you.  However, it also called for Campari and bitters.  Once I made it I decided that my palate is not quite developed enough for a drink this sophisticated.  I should have known from the name alone.

In my defense it did call for lime juice and local honey along with champagne so I thought it would be amazing.  During the experimental process I did things like add more honey and even salted the rim of the champagne flute.  Inevitably I did not like the cocktail and gave up.  I can not put a drink, or anything for that matter, on the blog that I was trying to convince myself was good.

So that all the ingredients I gathered didn’t go to complete waste I consulted my friend and bartender extraordinaire, Steva Casey.  You may remember Steva from my Valentine’s Pop Up Dinner.  I told Steva I wanted to make some sort of champagne cocktail using local honey and lime juice and possibly a salted rim champagne glass.  This is what she came up with.

I decided to make this a Cinco de Mayo drink, kind of a new twist on a traditional Margarita.  Steva also suggested swapping the guava juice out for peach puree once the summer arrives and peaches come in to season.  I hope you enjoy this cocktail tonight.  I am in Disney today eating lunch in Mexico…and by Mexico I mean Epcot.

Cinco de Mayo Champagne Cocktail
makes 8 servings

1/4 cup local honey–I used Truck Stop Honey from Alabama Goods
1 1/2 cups of blanco tequila
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup guava juice
8 lime wedges
Kosher salt

Combine honey and 2 tablespoons of hot water in a small jar, cover and shake to dissolve honey.  Combine 6 tablespoons of tequila, 3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice, 2 tablespoons of guava juice and 1 tablespoon of honey syrup in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.  Cover and shake until outside of shaker is frosty.  Moisten the rim of champagne flutes with lime juice and coat the rim with kosher salt.  Strain the tequila mixture into 2 glasses and top with champagne.  Garnish with a lime wedge.  Repeat three times.    Olé.

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1 Comment

    These sound SO good! I will totally have to check out that local honey. And I love champagne cocktails, I need to make these!

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