American Royal Zephyr

Damon Boelte, Grand Army | Brooklyn, NY

Inspired by the Seelbach cocktail, Grand Army Bar’s Damon Boelte likes to joke that the boozy American Royal Zephyr doesn’t have anything in it that isn’t alcohol: “What could be more American than that?” Boelte’s love for trains gives the bitters and bourbon-heavy drink its name, while a topping of Champagne keeps things effervescent.


Serving: 1

  • 1 ounce bourbon, preferably Old Grand-Dad Bonded
  • 1 ounce Lillet Rosé
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 3 ounces Champagne

Garnish: maraschino cherry

  1. In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients except champagne and stir.
  2. Strain into a coupe glass.
  3. Top with champagne and garnish with a cherry.