2 large thyme sprigs, divided
¾ oz (22 ml) Père Magloire Calvados
1 oz (30 ml) Apple Cinnamon Cordial (make ahead, recipe follows)
½ oz (15 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice, strained
3 oz (90 ml) Bailly Lapierre Crémant de Bourgogne Reserve Brut
APPLE CINNAMON CORDIAL:
2 cinnamon sticks
2 cups (500 ml) unsweetened apple juice
1 cup (250 ml) sugar
- Gently bruise one sprig of thyme and combine in a mixing glass with ice, calvados, cordial and lemon juice. Stir until chilled and fine strain into a Champagne flute and top with sparkling wine. Gently bruise reserved sprig of thyme and lower into glass to garnish.
- To make APPLE CINNAMON CORDIAL: Break cinnamon sticks into a few pieces and combine with apple juice in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce apple juice by half to yield 1 cup (250 ml), approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the larger pieces of cinnamon and strain through a coffee filter to remove all particulates.
- Rinse saucepan and combine the apple-cinnamon mixture with sugar. Simmer to dissolve. Store refrigerated, up to 1 month. Makes 1¼ cup (310 ml).