Every Oscars party needs a little bubbly to help ease the way through the many boring parts of the awards show. This drink, created to toast French actress Isabelle Huppert — who’s nominated for best actress for her role in Elle — is just the thing: it’s light, audacious and leads to fun.
And, apropos of Huppert, it features French spirits. There’s the sweet orange kiss of Cointreau, plus some fizz from the Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage (rosé Champagne = genius!). Piper-Heidsieck happens to be the official champagne of the Academy Awards, so there’s no better time to pop the cork on a bottle. And the winner is…
- Plain ice cubes
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- 0.5 oz Cointreau
- 3.5-4 oz Piper Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage
- Zest of pomelo or blood orange
- Garnish: 2-3 blackberries
Method: Build the drink in a rocks glass over ice and garnish with blackberries.
— Recipe courtesy Piper Heidsieck