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The Academy Sparkler Recipe

The Academy Sparkler
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 5 mins, plus cooling time | Active Time: | Makes: 8 drinks

Toast all the Oscar winners with this simple, sophisticated cocktail made from spiced orange syrup and a bit of bubbly.

What to buy: Pernod is a bright yellow anise-flavored liqueur that adds a distinct licorice note to this drink. It can be found in most liquor stores or online.

Game plan: The orange syrup can be made up to 2 days in advance and refrigerated in a covered container.

This recipe was featured as part of our Academy Awards Cocktail Party menu.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
  • 1/2 cup Pernod
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 2 medium oranges, removed in large strips
  • 2 medium dried bay leaves
  • 2 whole allspice berries
  • 1 bottle brut sparkling wine, chilled
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine all ingredients except sparkling wine in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature, and strain.
  2. Add 3/4 ounce of the orange syrup to the bottom of a champagne glass and top with 5 ounces of the sparkling wine; repeat to make 8 drinks.