Courtesan Cocktail

Elderflower syrup and crème de cassis—both of which pair exceptionally well with sparkling wine—give this white wine–based cocktail a lovely scent.

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  • Ice
  • 2 ounces Sauvignon Blanc or other crisp white wine
  • 1 ounce vodka, preferably Cîroc
  • 1/2 ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur or elderflower syrup
  • 1/4 ounce crème de cassis (black-currant liqueur)
  • 1 lemon twist, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. Fill a pint glass with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the garnish and stir well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Pinch the lemon twist over the drink, rub it around the <a href="/articles/cocktail-basics-techniques#rimmingaglass">rim</a> of the glass, then drop it into the drink.

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