Champagne Ginger Cocktail

“I like recipes that surprise people. This champagne cocktail looks familiar, then gets your attention with a sharp smack of ginger,” says Ted.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 20 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 drinks
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Make the ginger syrup: Combine 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar and the sliced ginger in a small saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vodka. Chill for 2 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, strain to remove the ginger pieces.
  2. Spread the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a thin layer on a plate. Coat the rims of 8 glasses with the juice from the lemon wedges and immediately dip in the plate of sugar.
  3. Add a few pieces of candied ginger to each glass. Pour 1 tablespoon of the ginger syrup over the ginger pieces and top with the sparkling wine.
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