Pour the gin, apricot brandy, sloe gin, and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake meticulously, double-strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass and top up with ice cold brut champagne.
The Lita Grey Cocktail is a tribute to Charlie Chaplin's second wife who starred in three of Chaplin's movies, before and during their short marriage. The recipe originated in Péché, Austin (Texas) around 2015 and is a twister of the Charley Chaplin Cocktail, a classic concoction initially containing apricot brandy, sloe gin, and lime juice. The Lita Grey is enriched by adding dry gin as well as a generous splash of cold brut champagne.
Meaning sin in French, Péché is distinctly Austin's first absinthe bar showcasing a selection of pre-Prohibition style cocktails, a distinghuised wine-list and a menu providing rich French fare made with the freshest ingredients.