Photograph by Keirnan Monaghan and Theo Vamvounakis Food Styling by Maggie Ruggiero

Young Americans (1975)

Smoky Soul

Cocktails & Beverages from Issue 9 – Summer 2016 – The 1970s

The image of a pale-skinned, flame-haired Bowie on the cover of Young Americans inspired Matt Piacentini of New York’s Up & Up to conjure a blend of gin and orange bitters that, with the addition of Champagne and a sugar cube, will let off a swirling stream of bubbles that mirrors Bowie’s cigarette smoke.

makes 1 cocktail (pictured right)

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 oz dry gin (such as Portobello Road)
  • ¾ oz dry Curaçao (such as Ferrand)
  • Champagne
  • lemon peel

  • 1

    Put sugar cube in a coupe glass and soak first with Peychaud’s bitters, and then with orange bitters. Stir gin and Curaçao with ice, and gently strain into coupe, trying not to dissipate bitters too much. Top with Champagne. Express a lemon peel over the top and discard.