Regi's American Bistro is at 1002 Light St. Call 410-539-7344 or regisamericanbistro.com. 1 large strawberry Freshly squeezed lemon juice 4 oz strawberry vodka 2 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur 2 oz Italian Prosecco Blueberries Orange wedge (optional garnish) Hand squeeze half a lemon and muddle with strawberry. Drop in a pint glass and fill up with ice. Add strawberry vodka and elderflower liqueur, and fill up the glass with champagne. Turn over once to get a good mix without losing the bubbles. Float blueberries on top, and garnish with orange wedge. THE STORY: Dave Copenhaver has been pouring drinks at Regi's American Bistro in Federal Hill for five years, and last summer he and owner Alan Morstein came up with an attractive holiday drink variously called the Old Glory or the Firecracker ($9.95). With a blueberry layer on top, champagne in the middle and fresh, local strawberries resting on the bottom, it manages to look patriotic without screaming kitsch. "It's basically a fancy mimosa without the OJ," Copenhaver says, which helps place it in a genre but doesn't do justice to the tasty mix. The champagne adds a crisp flavor, Copenhaver explains, and "a little lemon juice goes a long way. You want to taste the sharpness of the lemon." It's a great drink for those wanting to sit outside and relax with a refreshing beverage.
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