Brandy may be added to other beverages to make several popular cocktails; these include the Brandy Sour, the Brandy Alexander, the Sidecar, the Brandy Daisy and the Brandy Old Fashioned.
The Alexander is a classic drink, perfect for the winter holidays. The drink is very rich and creamy, with an almost dessert-like texture and taste. This drink is served in a cocktail glass with a touch of freshly ground nutmeg sprinkled on top.
30 ml Cognac (or brandy)
30 ml brown crème de cacao (or chocolate liqueur)
30 ml fresh cream
Nutmeg for garnish
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
Young, lower-quality cognacs can be enjoyed in mixed drinks. Popular choices include citrusy Sidecars, sweet French Connections, and herbal Stingers. Finally, pair cognac and cognac-based drinks with rich foods, decadent cheese plates, and cigars.
The drink shares its' name with the famed French Quarter of New Orleans, its home is the Carousel bar in the Hotel Monteleone. Vieux Carré literal translation is “Old Square” in French.
1 ounce cognac (such as Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège)
1 ounce rye whiskey
1 ounce sweet vermouth
Dash Angostura bitters
Dash Peychaud's bitters
Lemon twist, cherry for garnish
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled, strain into a rocks glass and garnish with a Lemon twist and cherry.
The Grand Manhattan
The French connection of Hennessy and Grand Marnier meet together beautifully in this adapted classic. Deep notes of spice meets candied fruit and plays a warming note across the palate, a perfect nightcap.
1.5 ounce cognac (such as Hennessy V.S)
0.5 ounce Sweet Vermouth
0.5 ounce Grand Marnier
2 dashes Angostura bitters
3 brandied cranberries for garnish
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir with ice until chilled. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with three brandied cranberries on a skewer.
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