A History Lesson With Booze ®

Diamonds You Can Drink

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This week back in 1905, South African miner Frederick Wells unearthed a record-breaking royal treasure. We celebrate his discovery with this glistening cocktail:

The Sparkling Diamond

Photo credit: Elana Lepkowski, stirandstrain.com
Photo credit: Elana Lepkowski, stirandstrain.com

Carved out by The Library Bar, in the jewel city of Johannesburg.


  • 1 ounce vanilla liqueur – preferably Galliano Vanilla
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple sugar syrup
  • 3 ounces champagne, preferably an opulent French one

Serve it in a champagne flute, rimmed with sugar (for extra sparkle). Take one sip, then another, and try not to faint from the extravagance of it all.