A Mimosa with a TwistMay 7, 2015
Jonathan Shull, co-owner of the Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs, in Jackson, Mississippi, has created an inventive twist that mimics the mimosa’s easy-drinking nature. His Wingate Spritz—inspired by childhood summers spent at his grandparents (the Wingates) at their house in Columbus, Mississippi—is built from familiar ingredients such as citrus and sparkling wine, then fortified with spirits. “My grandparents had a beautiful side garden with a wall of honeysuckle,” Shull says, “so I played off that with Mississippi’s Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka mixed with grapefruit, Aperol, and Champagne.” The result: an easy like Sunday morning thirst-quencher that raises the bar.
1 Thick grapefruit slice
1 oz. Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka
½ oz. Aperol
Pinch of salt
3 oz. Brut Champagne
Squeeze grapefruit juice into a shaker. Add squeezed grapefruit slice, vodka, Aperol, and salt. Shake briefly with ice, then strain and top with Champagne. Serve in a chilled flute or coupe.