Park Avenue

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Cocktail History

The Park Avenue is a bubbly cocktail that was created by bar manager and author Nick Mautone and was first published in his book The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails. It’s made by mixing sparkling wine with spiced Cognac, citrus, and a unique homemade red wine syrup.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Sparkling Wine: This is a carbonated wine made with white or red grapes. We used Villa Bellezza Winery Brillante because it has a light and airy flavor. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Prosecco in place of the sparkling wine.

Cognac: This is a type of brandy made in Cognac, France with distilled white wine. The recipe calls for Cognac, but we used Driftless Glen Distillery 5 Year Reserve Brandy because it has a rich taste with notes of cherry, vanilla, and caramel. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Escape Mocktails Non-Alcoholic Cognac Alternative in place of the brandy.

Orange Curaçao: This is a liqueur made with oranges, sugar, and brandy or rum. We used Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge because it has a rich Cognac base with notes of bitter orange, hazelnut, and toffee. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Premium Triple Sec Syrup in place of the orange liqueur.

Red Wine Syrup: This is a sweetener made with Cabernet Sauvignon and sugar. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Bartending Tools

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

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Bar Spoon: This is used to stir ingredients. We used the Barfly Stainless Steel Teardrop Bar Spoon.

Tasting Notes

The Park Avenue features slight citrus aromas accompanied by the fragrance of effervescent wine, and it has a sweetened fortified wine flavor with orange and red wine tannins before finishing with a tannic sparkling wine taste on the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: For such a simple recipe, we both enjoyed it quite a bit, especially since we’re already fans of sparkling wine cocktails that use brandy as a base spirit instead of gin. The red wine syrup also lends more depth than the average bubbly drink. Even though it’s a bit of work to make the syrup, we thought it was worth it in the end.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“This sparkling wine cocktail is similar to many others, but what sets it apart is its use of a red wine syrup. The syrup, which is a bit of a wildcard, in my opinion, gives the tannic flavors of dry red wine to a drink that is otherwise made up of semi-dry sparkling wine. This makes for an interesting juxtaposition, and the sweetener becomes even more of a wildcard when you consider that any dry red out there could be used to make this syrup, so the permutations for flavors are endless. Overall, it is a pretty decent recipe, but it’s not necessarily one I would end up going back to over and over again.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Add this recipe to the list of bubbly cocktails I love! I don’t think I would’ve ever come up with the idea of using a red wine syrup in a sparkling wine cocktail, but it adds a delicious, rich depth to the drink, as well as a unique bitter bite in the aftertaste. The author called it ‘an acquired taste,’ and I would agree that it might take a few sips to truly appreciate this drink. If you want a sparkler that’s outside of the box, this is a great one.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails by Nick Mautone.

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The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails: The Best Nogs, Punches, Sparklers, and Mixed Drinks for Every Festive Occasion
The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails: The Best Nogs, Punches, Sparklers, and Mixed Drinks for Every Festive Occasion
Hardcover Book; Mautone, Nick (Author); English (Publication Language); 128 Pages – 10/17/2017 (Publication Date) – Artisan (Publisher)
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AuthorThe Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 3 oz Sparkling Wine
 1 oz Cognac
 ½ oz Orange Curaçao

Method
1

Add brandy, orange curaçao, and red wine syrup to a champagne glass.

2

Stir for 5-7 seconds.

3

Top with sparkling wine.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 3 oz Sparkling Wine
 1 oz Cognac
 ½ oz Orange Curaçao

Directions

Method
1

Add brandy, orange curaçao, and red wine syrup to a champagne glass.

2

Stir for 5-7 seconds.

3

Top with sparkling wine.

Park Avenue

Make It a Mocktail: Use Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Prosecco in place of the sparkling wine, Escape Mocktails Non-Alcoholic Cognac Alternative in place of the brandy, and Monin Premium Triple Sec Syrup in place of the orange liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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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:

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