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.
- 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.