Inspiration behind Bubbly Mary by Banjara Life
This cocktail was born the day following the 2018 San Francisco SantaCon at The Aperitivo Bar of Zingari Ristorante. A guest approached the bar for Brunch. We quickly learned our new friend had a proper hangover and was in search of 'alimento' to nourish her body.
While she considered her cocktail mood, the 'Mozzarella al Forno', warm baked mozzarella wrapped with prosciutto and garnished with a balsamic glaze, was ordered. We learned about our guest's enthusiasm for Gin and tonic. Given her discomfort, however, she was in the mood for something something more crisp and refreshing, like a sparkling drink.
Our barman was immediately reminded of the beautiful expression of life around Lake Geneva in Montreux and Lutry on a warm, sunny day. He recalled the champagne cocktails at Montreux Jazz Festival and Prosecco over a picnic before jumping into the lake from Plage de Lutry. This inspiration brought a spritz remix to mind.
A remixed spritz with Italicus, botanical gin, prosecco, and lavender bitters. With the cocktail's subtle citrus, botanical, and lavender tendency matched with its crisp and refreshing feelings, the guest shared a big smile with each sip. The cocktail was unexpected and perfect.
After more conversation at the bar, we learned our guest was warm and supper bubbly. We even asked her name to properly introduce ourselves. She was Mary. We named the spritz cocktail 'Bubbly Mary'.
What is in the Bubbly Mary?
4 oz prosecco
.75 oz italicus
.75 oz botanical gin
1 full drop of lavender bitters
Garnish with lemon twist or blue cheese olives
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