Hedonism in a glass, just waiting for the right beach bar.
"This is a French twist on the now classic Negroni Sbagliato," says Ben McFarlane, manager of the bars at Sydney's Ivy complex. At crowd-favourite Felix, he gives the sparkling version of the Negroni a French accent with the addition of Lillet Blanc and French sparkling wine. It's a celebratory drink ideal for sharing with friends, he says.
"I looked for flavours that represent French culture, and when I think where this drink would be best enjoyed I can't think of anywhere more suitable than St-Tropez." Bikinis optional. Felix, 2 Ash St, Sydney, NSW, (02) 9240 3000.
Muddle a wedge each of orange and lime in a large tumbler, then add 30ml of Aperol, 10ml of both Noilly Pratt and Lillet Blanc and a dash of grapefruit bitters. Add ice, stir well, and top with 20ml of soda water and 50ml of dry sparkling wine (at Felix, it's Pfister Crémant d'Alsace or Chandon). Garnish with fresh slices of orange and lemon and serve. The base can be made in advance and in bulk and kept in the fridge; simply top each glass with soda and fizz to serve.