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Mrs Henderson

Australian Gourmet Traveller cocktail recipe for Mrs Henderson

By Pat Nourse
  • Serves 6
Mrs Henderson
Mrs Henderson

A play on the Bicicletta, a classic Italian refresher of white wine spiked with Campari. Use Aperol in place of Campari if you prefer things a little sweeter, or Fernet Branca if you're looking for trouble.

Drink tips
Punches and cups need to be made to taste. Fruits vary in sweetness, different brands of spirit have differing qualities and you may prefer your drinks sweeter, drier or stronger. Treat this recipe as a guide, and bear in mind that as a rough rule, classic cocktails are typically made to a ratio of three parts strong drink to two parts acid, one part sweetness. Fresh lemon and lime juice, bitters and sugar syrup are good to keep on hand for last-minute adjustments. Keeping things cold is also essential. We've made large ice-cubes using cut-down clean milk and juice cartons. They work admirably and look pretty cool to boot. Get mixing.


  • 1 750ml bottle of riesling or pinot grigio, chilled
  • 100 ml Campari


  • 1
    Mix wine and Campari and stir to combine. Garnish with grapefruit peel and serve.
  • Author: Pat Nourse