Recipe: The Walker Inn’s NYE “Champagne”

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The Walker Inn’s lead bartender, Katie Emmerson, at the helm. (Photo credit: Katie Boink Photography)

Champagne may be the New Year’s drink of choice, but what if you could recreate it and turn it into something even more festive? The Walker Inn team in Los Angeles took on the challenge of crafting a signature cocktail that mimics champagne to ring in 2016.

Currently one of the hottest new spots in LA, The Walker Inn is an intimate, reservations-only bar hidden away behind a secret door in The Normandie Club that boasts a seasonal tasting menu and an omakase menu. With research and experimentation at the core of what drives the team, their process often entails working backwards and collectively expanding their concepts into something much more special than what they start out with.

Lead bartender Katie Emmerson, explains that fortified wines and blanche armagnac are combined to recall the flavor of champagne grapes, followed by sugar cane syrup and verjus to round out the flavors and textures. To finish, she then adds notes of squash blossoms and a limestone mist, which impart the  aromas and extra dimension found in the team’s favorite champagne.

The Walker Inn will serve their special New Year’s Eve “Champagne” throughout the evening, but home bartenders can also try this recipe at home and see what you think!