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Mint-Champagne Shrub

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Stylist: Buffy Hargett
Yield Makes 8 servings
Shrub cocktails get their tart pucker from vinegar.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/2 cup elderflower liqueur
  • 1/3 cup Champagne vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Chilled sparkling wine
  • Garnish: fresh mint leaves

How to Make It

  1. Muddle first 2 ingredients in a cocktail shaker to release flavors; add elderflower liqueur and next 3 ingredients. Fill shaker with ice; cover with lid, and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled (about 30 seconds). Strain into 8 (8-oz.) glasses; top with sparkling wine.