A refreshing twist on a Southern favorite. Use the best Champagne and bourbon you can afford to optimum results.
- 3 ounces Champagne or sparkling white wine
- 1 1/2 ounces Buffalo Trace bourbon (or Maker's Mark)
- 4 large mint leaves
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon simple syrup (to taste)
- Crushed ice
Bunch the mint leaves between thumb and forefinger and give one good tear through the middle of the leaves.
Drop into bottom of a tall Collins glass and pour in simple syrup on top, just enough to cover leaves. Muddle well.
Add ice roughly to fill glass. Pour in bourbon. Stir very briefly. If necessary/desired, put in more ice at this step to refill to top
Top off with Champagne. Once again, stir briefly.
Taste and top off with more simple syrup if desired. Garnish with mint sprig.