Appellation Cooler

"I want to give the white wine spritzer its rightful place in the cocktail world," says New York City bartender Natasha David. She upgrades the oft-diluted, lightweight drink with basil-infused vermouth and Cocci Americano, a bitter aperitif wine. Her pro tip: "Make sure to eat those punch-soaked cucumber slices!"

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This recipe originally appeared in the Food & Wine 2016 Cocktails book.

  • Servings: 4 to 6 drinks

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dry white wine, preferably Muscadet
  • 4 ounces Cocci Americano
  • 4 ounces Basil Vermouth (see Note)
  • 4 teaspoons apricot liqueur, preferably Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot
  • Ice
  • 4 ounces chilled dry sparkling wine
  • dry sparkling wine
  • seedless cucumber slices, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. In a pitcher, combine the wine, Cocchi Americano, Basil Vermouth and apricot liqueur. Fill the pitcher with ice and stir well. Stir in the sparkline wine and garnish with the cucumber slices. Serve in chilled white wine glasses.

Notes

In a jar, combine 1 cup loosely packed basil sprigs with 8 ounces Dolin blanc vermouth. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. Strain into another jar and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. Makes 8 ounces.

Contributed By Photo © David Malosh

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