In this week’s episode of A.V. Cocktail Club, bartender Laura Kelton of Sportsman’s Club in Chicago teaches one of her favorite party drink: Agave Royale.

Structurally it’s not far off from the classic French 75, which combines a spirit and sparkling wine with a citrus element. While that cocktail typically employs gin and lemon juice, Kelton subs in lime and tequila, with added notes of elderflower and orange bitters.

“It’s inspired by a couple of my favorite things: tequila and champagne,” Kelton said. Even better in concert.


Agave Royale

1 oz blanco tequila
.5 oz lime juice
.25 oz St. Germain
.5 oz Aperol
A splash of sparkling wine

Add lime juice, tequila, St. Germain and Aperol into shaker tin. Add ice, shake. Pour into glass and top with a splash of sparkling wine. Garnish with lime peel.

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