Gargoyle & Spire
The Gargoyle & Spire is a refreshing, barely-bitter highball featuring Strega, an Italian liqueur made with saffron. If you don’t have Strega, Suze or Bonal or another yellow herbal liqueur would do. Yellow Chartreuse would work, too, but you may need to adjust the measure of syrup to compensate for the sweeter flavor profile.
This recipe is an original by Brad Thomas Parsons, published in his fantastic book Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas. We highly recommend picking up a copy if you’re a fan of drinks like this!
Stir all ingredients (except the sparkling wine) in a mixing glass with ice, until well-chilled. Strain into a tall ice-filled glass and top with the sparking wine. Garnish with an orange twist.
- Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons