Combine gin, Aperol, absinthe and juice in a flute, top with the sparkling wine and garnish with thyme.
FOR THE CONSUMMATE HOST
The time and craftsmanship these libations require mean they aren't for the faint of heart (or the under- stocked of liquor cabinet supplies). If you have the time and the means, though, they'll show your guests a night they won't soon forget. Unless they do--but then, what are morning-after drinks for?
BENJAMIN NEWBY, formerly of Drumbar recommends ...
THE NIGHT BEFORE:
Sexy, sweet and special
1 ounce tangerine and berry puree
1/2 ounce Hennessy Black cognac
Bottle of sparkling wine
To make puree, blend 2 raspberries, 1 teaspoon water and 1/2 teaspoon sugar with a peeled tangerine in a blender, then strain the puree to get rid of the pulp. Shake with Hennessy Black and strain into a flute, then stick in a cocktail straw. Top off with Chandon and remove the straw before serving. (Newby's tip: The straw will prevent the cock- tail from overflowing with fizz).
THE MORNING AFTER:
Bubble de Chandon
Full of Mother Nature's best remedies
1 ounce honey syrup
1 ounce ginger beer