(an aphrodisiac far better suited for late night seduction)


1 twist of lemon
1⁄2 ounce
(1 tablespoon) cognac
1 teaspoon simple
honey syrup
2 dashes orange bitters
5 ounces (about 2⁄3 cup) brut Champagne, chilled “

This lascivious Champagne cocktail requires a simple honey syrup. To make it, combine equal parts honey and water in a saucepan and set over medium heat, stirring occasionally to ensure that the honey dissolves completely. Just as the solution reaches a boil, remove the pan from the heat and let cool completely before using. Or, combine in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave just until the mixture begins to bubble. When making this (or any other) Champagne cocktail, be sure to place all the other ingredients in the flute before adding the Champagne.
Rim a Champagne flute with the lemon twist and drop the twist into the glass. Add the cognac, honey syrup, and bitters. Gently top with Champagne.
Yields 1 serving