Classic Brandy Cocktails
As we’ve stepped into a new year, the misty cold seems to be the flavour of this season. Another flavour to watch out for this season is the taste of ever-faithful and delicious brandy. And although there isn’t a wrong season to pick out a good old brandy, it becomes a perfectly enjoyable alcoholic drink even more so in winters.
For the novices, the word ‘brandy’ is derived from the Dutch word brandewijn, which translates to burnt wine. Brandy is the distilled alcoholic drink made from wine or a fermented fruit mash. The rich-fruity tasting alcoholic beverage is often drunk up straight, it is also mixed as an ingredient in cocktails.
In this article, we bring you a list of cocktails made with boldly boozy brandy.
This sweet & creamy cocktail is a popular choice as an after-dinner cocktail. Originally made with gin as ‘Alexander’, this cocktail got rechristened as ‘Brandy Alexander’ in 1922.
1 oz. Cognac or Brandy
1 oz. Crème de Cacao
Splash half & half cream optional
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
Pour ingredients into an empty blender canister. Thoroughly blend ingredients and pour into a chilled house speciality glass. Garnish with a dusting of grated nutmeg.
This classic cocktail gives you a taste of fine Parisian elegance. The recipe first appeared in The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930.
- 1 1/2 ounces cognac
- 1/2 ounce green Chartreuse
- 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1/8 ounce simple syrup
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into chilled cocktail glass.
Club Cocktail Brandy
Recipe Source: https://www.thespruceeats.com/club-cocktail-recipe-759423
The recipe of this tropical cocktail first appeared in ‘Just Cocktails’ by W.C. Whitfield’s in 1939. The tropical taste of pineapple with brandy is a thing that makes this cocktail stand out.
- 2 ounces brandy
- 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
- 1/2 ounce pineapple juice
- 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
- Garnish: lemon peel
- Garnish: strawberry
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a lemon peel and strawberry.
Wisconsin Brandy Old-Fashioned
Recipe Source: https://www.curiouscuisiniere.com/brandy-old-fashioned/
Nothing beats brandy prepared the old-fashioned Wisconsin way! Do you know a special thing about it? Well, it was first showcased at the Chicago’s Columbian Exhibition ages ago in 1893.
- ½ tsp sugar
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 orange slice (plus extra for garnish)
- 2 Maraschino cherries or brandied cherries (plus extra for garnish)
- 2 oz brandy
- 2-3 ice cubes
- Sprite, 7-up, Squirt, sour mix, or seltzer (as desired to top off the drink)
- Place the sugar, bitters, orange slice, and cherries in an Old Fashioned glass.
- Add a splash of water. Muddle*, being careful to avoid the orange rind, until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the brandy and a couple of ice cubes. Stir.
- Top the drink off with your choice of soda, sour mix, or seltzer.
- Garnish with a skewered orange slice and cherry, if desired.
Trust the French to do things utterly stylishly & deliciously, this cocktail stands as a proof of it.
- 1 1/2 oz. Cognac
- 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 oz. simple syrup
- 4-6 oz. chilled brut Champagne
- Pour Cognac, lemon juice and simple syrup into an iced mixing glass.
- Shake vigorously and strain contents into a chilled Champagne flute.
- Fill with chilled brut Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist spiral.
Before the winters slowly yet gradually fade away and the doors of Spring are sprung open, try out these amazing cocktails in this beautiful weather. Cocktail lovers, it’s time to bring out your finest brandy because the winters are here to stay, well, at least for a while!