The Chicago is a classic sparkling cocktail from the pages of the venerated Savoy Cocktail Book. Traditionally, it’s topped with Champagne. You can use any sparkling white wine you like, but be sure it isn’t too sweet.
The Chicago is often served with a sugared rim, which was common to drinks of the era. We like the dry, boozy quality of the drink as-is, so we only rim half the glass – if we even bother with it at all.
If you want a sugared rim, prepare the glass by rubbing a lemon slice around the outside edge and dipping it into a plate of sugar.
Pour the brandy (or cognac), triple sec, and bitters into the glass. Add ice and stir gently. Top with sparkling wine.
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- The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock