champagne with lime granité

Aquavit-New York City
Adapted by StarChefs

Yield: 10 glasses

  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup sparkling wine
  • 4 drops of Tabasco sauce
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Juice from 3 limes
  • 1 mint sprig, stem and leaves chopped separately
  • Champagne for serving

To prepare the cocktail: Mix all ingredients except for the mint leaves and the champagne. Strain and place in the freezer; allow the mixture to freeze. With a spoon or a fork, scrape two tablespoons of the Lime Granité into each glass. Pour the champagne over the granité and decorate with the chopped mint leaves.

At Restaurant Aquavit of New York, Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef Marcus Samuelsson pours this irresistible lime elixir, making his patrons swoon amidst a giant waterfall in the former garden area of John D. Rockefeller's townhouse.