Improved Brandy Cocktail

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Discerning Drinkers (5 ratings)

Serve in a

Nick & Nora glass

Photographed in a

Bespoke Nick & Nora

Garnish:

Express lemon zest twist over surface of the cocktail, rub lemon zest oils on rim, and discard

How to make:

POUR first 5 ingredients into shaker. Express oils from lemon zest twist into shaker and discard. Add ice, SHAKE and fine strain into chilled glass.

1 2/3 fl oz Cognac (brandy)
1/6 fl oz Gomme syrup
1/12 fl oz Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
2 dash Boker's bitters
1 dash La Fée Parisienne absinthe
1 twist Lemon zest oils
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Review:

Yes, yes, I know modern convention calls for this cocktail to be stirred but Jerry Thomas stipulates to shake it and it's much "improved" by shaking. "Shake it to wake it" and brandy shines with the other ingredients, adding complexity rather than challenging its dominance. If you can't bring yourself to shake it, at least throw it!

History:

The Brandy Cocktail first appears in Jerry "The Professor" Thomas' 1862 The Bar-Tender's Guide & Bon Vivant's Companion with this "Improved" version debuting in his 1876 The Bar-Tender's Guide 2nd Edition.

Improved Brandy Cocktail.
(Use ordinary bar glass.)
2 dashes Boker's (or Angostura) Bitters.
3 do. Gum syrup.
2 do. Maraschino.
1 dash Absinthe
1 small piece of the yellow rind of a lemon, twisted to express the oil.
1 small wineglass of brandy.
Fill glass one-third full of shaved ice, shake well, and strain into a fancy cocktail glass.
The flavour is improved by moistening the edge of the cocktail glass with a piece of lemon.

Jerry Thomas, 1876

Alcohol content:

  • 1.2 standard drinks
  • 29.24% alc./vol. (58.48° proof)
  • 17.1 grams of pure alcohol
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