Tag Archives: Brandy

fall into italy

From Imbibe…

¾ oz. averna
¾ oz. cognac
¾ oz. jamaican rum
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
2 dashes chocolate or mole bitters

Combine the ingredients into a shaker and shake to combine. Strain into a Old Fashioned glass. Add crushed ice on top.

wrong direction

A friend suggested that since I often get slightly mixed up while driving that I should create a cocktail called the Wrong Direction.
This drink is sweet at the start with a pleasantly dry bitter aftertaste. Just like going the wrong direction.

1 oz bourbon
1 oz brandy
8 dashes chocolate bitters
5 dashes celery bitters

combine in an old fashioned glass. fill with ice and stir.

vavilov affair

1 oz calvados (apple brandy)
1 oz bourbon
1 tsp sugar
2 dashes angostura bitters
slice of tart apple, juiced

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass. garnish with another slice of granny smith apple

brandy sazerac

This of course, is based on the sazerac, substituting the rye whiskey with brandy, making it slightly less spicey.

2 oz brandy
2 drops absinthe
2 dashes peychaud’s bitters
¼ oz simple syrup, or 1 sugar cube

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.


This one’s based on the French 75.
1 ½ oz cognac or brandy
½ oz lillet
½ oz simple syrup
½ oz lemon juice

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.

kir normand

We discovered this in Normandy. It replaces the champagne in a Kir Royale with cider as is fitting Normandy’s agricultural specialty. The splash of calvados (apple brandy) gives it a little extra kick.

2¼ oz hard cider
½ oz crème de cassis
½ oz calvados

Combine over ice in an old fashioned glass.

Alternate: Chill ingredients, and serve without ice in champagne flute.


The most classic of classic cocktails. And, my first. You always remember your first.

2 oz brandy
1 oz triple sec
1 oz lemon juice

Combine in a shaker over ice, and strain into cocktail glass.


A teaspoon of bitters? Spicy.

1½ oz brandy
2 tsp triple sec
1 tsp Angostura bitters
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp lemon juice

In old fashioned glass, combine and stir until sugar dissolves. Add ice, and stir.