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Champagne Cocktails

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Rising-star bartender Eric Alperin explains that almost all great cocktails involve a few fundamental categories of flavor: strong, sweet, sour and bitter most commonly, plus the outliers floral, smoky and spicy (like cayenne pepper, a new drinks trend right now). The flavor building blocks for this champagne cocktail are: gin (strong), lime juice (sour), simple syrup (sweet), mint (floral).

Plus: Bartender Eric Alperin explains the building blocks of a cocktail

slideshow Classic Cocktail Recipes

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