The Optimist

A few weeks ago, my wife and I were out celebrating our ninth wedding anniversary. Due to work requirements, it was about a week late, but we secured a baby sitter and had a wonderful night out. We went to a kinda schizophrenic restaurant called Bardo, which is Asian fusion tapas. The food was great, but the cocktail menu was also nothing to sneeze at. They had a large number of very elaborate cocktails, not a ton of obscure liquors, but clever combinations of a wide variety of ingredients, all matched up with fun names.



Round two came about and I ordered a drink called The Alchemist. Catchy name, yes, but after a very strong drink in me already, apparently one that is easy to slur a bit. The waitress heard ‘The Optimist,’ which is actually a pretty good name for a drink if you ask me. And I guess since you are reading this, you are.

After she left the table, my wife and I started thinking about what would be in a drink called The Optimist. A few minutes later, the wairess came back with The Alchemist and we shared what we came up with. A few minutes later, this awesome waitress came back with what we had come up with, and it was awesome. I finally got around to putting one together at home and here are the results.

The Optimist

  • 2 oz Vanilla Rum, or one with a lot of vanilla flavor in it (I use Shellback Silver)
  • 1 oz St. Germaine
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Brut Champagne or Prosecco
  • Macerated Strawberries

Place a small amount of strawberries in the bottom of a Champagne flute.

Add lemon juice, rum, and St. Germaine to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to combine. Strain into the flute. Fill the remaining space in the glass with champagne. Enjoy and look at the bright side of life.

Delicious and Classy

Delicious and Classy



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