MUDDLE pineapple in base of shaker. Add next 5 ingredients (all but champagne), SHAKE with ice and fine strain into chilled glass. TOP with champagne.
Rich whiskey and maraschino with subtle pineapple balanced by a dash of brut champagne.
Recipe adapted from David Wondrich's 2007 masterpiece Imbibe' in which David tells the story of his Highness Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, son of Queen Victoria and his mastering of his riff on the Improved Whisky Cocktail.
Born 9th November 1841, he was not crowned King Edward VII until 9th August 1902 (ascended 22nd January 1901) and by all accounts made the most of his 60 years as understudy by becoming a playboy and travelling the world - there are worse ways to while away your years. In 1860, he became the first British royal to visit North America and it is thought that this cocktail resulted from the trip.