2 basil leaves, sliced into thin strips
3 pitted bing cherries, plus 2 extra for garnish (optional)
1 ounce plymouth gin
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
3 to 4 ounces champagne
Combine the basil, cherries, gin, simple syrup, maraschino liqueur, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Shake moderately and pour into a highball glass. (Add more crushed ice if needed.) Top off with the champagne and stir. If desired, garnish with 2 additional skewered Bing cherries.
We found this cocktail recipe, and all the future recipes for this Champagne Cocktail series, in Champagne Cocktails by Kim Haasarud, founder of liquid-architecture.com.