The Goldfinch, from Lauren Schell at Seaworthy in New Orleans, is a perfect marriage of two of-the-moment ingredients: white wine apéritif and fino sherry.
It’s a refreshing, low-proof sipper – perfect for brunch or day-drinking. It smells incredible, and looks gorgeously opalescent in the glass. Schell calls for Cocchi Americano, a white wine apéritif that skews a little more bitter than its cousin Lillet Blanc.
Fino is one of the dryest types of sherry. If you use a sweeter-but-still-dry sherry like Amontillado, you may wish to pull back on the simple syrup just a tad.
Shake all ingredients (except the sparkling water) with ice. Strain into a tall ice-filled glass and top with the sparkling water. Garnish with a giant grapefruit twist.
- Seaworthy’s Goldfinch at Imbibe magazine