Minute To Midnight

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Cocktail History

The Minute To Midnight is a Sips From Scripts original cocktail that we created as a variation of the After Midnight, a riff on the Kir Royale that was included in Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter. The author’s recipe called for sparkling wine and crème de figue, but since we weren’t able to locate a bottle of fig liqueur in our area, we substituted it for pear liqueur and added Armagnac to create a more complex twist on New Year’s Eve bubbly.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Dry Sparkling Wine: This is one of the base spirits. We used Freixenet Brut because it features pear, apple, and citrus, flavor with notes of grapefruit, lemon, almond, and toast.

Armagnac: This is the other base spirit. We chose ODVI Armagnac because it’s fresh, fruity, peppery, and mild with notes of peach and prune.

Pear Liqueur: This is a fruit liqueur that adds pear flavor. We used Mathilde Poire Liqueur because it offers rich flavor and is a high quality liqueur.

Angostura Aromatic Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with botanicals. They add more spice and complexity to the drink and tie the other flavors together.

Lemon Twist: This this garnish. It adds fresh citrus aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Minute To Midnight begins with the aromas of citrus and sparkling wine and tastes mostly like the bubbly with notes of Armagnac, fruit, and bitters in the aftertaste.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: This is another drink we both absolutely loved, Kendall especially! She has already said she will definitely be sipping it when the ball drops this New Year’s Eve and many others to come.

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 Dry Sparkling Wine
 ½ oz Armagnac
 ½ oz Pear Liqueur
 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 1 Lemon Twist

Method
1

Add brandy, pear liqueur, and bitters to a champagne glass.

2

Top with sparkling wine.

3

Garnish with lemon twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 Dry Sparkling Wine
 ½ oz Armagnac
 ½ oz Pear Liqueur
 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 1 Lemon Twist

Directions

Method
1

Add brandy, pear liqueur, and bitters to a champagne glass.

2

Top with sparkling wine.

3

Garnish with lemon twist.

Minute To Midnight

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More Sparkling Wine Cocktails

If you like this sparkling wine-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 British 75: A gin cocktail made with lemon juice, simple syrup, sparkling wine, and a lemon wedge

 Wild Rose: A tequila cocktail made with pineapple gum syrup, maraschino liqueur, Angostura aromatic bitters, dry sparkling wine, and an orange twist

 Pomegranate Gin Fizz: A gin cocktail made with grenadine, sparkling wine, pomegranate seeds, and a Demerara sugar cube

 Mountaintop Meadow: A vodka cocktail made with elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, lavender bitters, dry sparkling wine, a pineapple wedge, and mint

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