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The Fine 25 Cocktail

Servings: 1

To celebrate Fine Cooking’s 25th anniversary, we figured a signature cocktail was in order. This little beauty is sure to get any party started. Bubbly Champagne, floral gin, and the complex nutty sweetness of maraschino liqueur elevate this drink to the pantheon of cocktails. It certainly has been a fine 25.


  • 1 oz. gin, preferably an orange floral gin such as Thomas Dakin
  • 1 oz. maraschino liqueur, such as Luxardo
  • 1 strip orange peel
  • Edible silver-leaf powder, for coating the rim of the glass
  • Champagne, for topping the cocktail
  • Thyme sprigs, for decorating (optional)


  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake the gin and liqueur.
  • Rub the orange peel along the rim and/or sides of a coupe glass. Pour the silver-leaf powder onto a saucer, and upend the glass onto the saucer to coat the rim and/or sides of the glass. Drop the orange peel into the glass.
  • Strain the cocktail into the glass, and top with Champagne. Decorate with thyme sprigs, if you like. Serve immediately.


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