A few weeks ago, I went to Rich Table in San Francisco to taste several Knob Creek bourbon cocktails. Upon arrival, the bartenders served up glasses of a sparkling bourbon cocktail. Typically, I'm a bourbon or a sparkling wine drinker, but never had I seen the two twirled in one glass. I had a lot of doubts at first, mostly because I'm a purist and I prefer drinking a straight bourbon or a straight sparkling wine; however, the cocktail intrigued me.

The end result reminded me of a carbonated old fashioned, and I enjoyed it so much that I sought to re-create it. There's a woodsy, spicy flavor from the bourbon, but all potential heaviness evaporates due to the crisp bubbles from the sparkling wine. If you're the type who forgoes a Champagne toast in favor of a stiffer drink, then this sparkling cocktail may be the perfect compromise.

Sparkling Bourbon Cocktail

Sparkling Bourbon Cocktail

Sparkling Bourbon Cocktail

Ingredients

1/2 ounce bourbon, such as Knob Creek
4 ounces sparkling wine, such as a Cava
2 dashes Bittercube Jamaican #2 Bitters
1 dash orange bitters
1 demerara sugar cube
1 orange twist

Directions

  1. Place sugar cube in a Champagne flute or white wine glass. Add 2 dashes of Jamaican bitters and 1 dash of orange bitters. Pour bourbon into glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with orange twist. Serve immediately.