Starlight Cocktail Recipe

Starlight Cocktail Recipe
Staff Writer
Starlight cocktail
Tim Turner
Starlight cocktail

A refreshing restorative cooler, the Starlight is the perfect tipple to be enjoyed poolside, complementing whatever comes off the grill or elegant enough to sit and the dining room table. Mom's sure to approve either way!

Ingredients

For the fresh lemon sour:

For the cocktail:

  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon sour
  • Ice
  • Chilled soda water
  • ½ ounce Germain-Robin VSOP brandy

Directions

For the fresh lemon sour:

Mix the fresh lemon juice (filter to make sure there are no seeds) with simple syrup. Ideally, lemon sour should be made the day you plan to use it, but will keep refrigerated in a clean bottle for up to three days.

For the cocktail:

In a mixing glass, add Campari, Cointreau, orange juice, and fresh lemon sour. Shake with ice until well blended.

Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass, spritz with chilled soda water and stir gently. Top with a float of brandy. Make sure not to serve this with a straw, to enable the drinker to enjoy the brandy floating on top.

Cocktail Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Cocktail Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.