The Expanse Cocktails Project

Expanse Cocktail #26
Doris Bourne

Dr. Doris Bourne is a botanist on Ganymede, working to breed more sunlight-efficient soybeans. A colleague of Praxidike Meng, she finds him on a refugee ship after the Battle of Ganymede and helps him cope with the loss of his daughter. She is delighted by her first experience in zero-G.

Sometimes we get extremely lucky and all our ideas just seem to click - for example, we came up with the Doris Bourne in about a half hour, and it was just perfect. We wanted to combine Doris’s pure delight at her first experience of weightlessness with the strength and resilience she uses to care for Prax and survive until then, and the effervescent champagne, spicy, earthy ginger, and comforting fruits just worked.

We served the Doris Bourne (under the in-universe name ‚ÄúCoriolis‚ÄĚ) at the Belter Bar at Worldcon 2018 and Greater Philly Comic Con 2019, and it was a favorite there, too!

We often drink them now in place of French 75s or Kir Royales when we feel like celebrating.


  • 1 part apricot liqueur
  • ¬ĺ part pineapple juice
  • 2 dashes chamomile-citrus bitters
  • 4 parts dry champagne


Shake apricot liqueur, pineapple juice, and bitters with ice until chilled. Pour into a chilled coupe and top with champagne. Garnish with a slice of crystallized ginger.