Brandy / Cognac Recipes

Mix This: The Sidecar

May 23rd, 2012 — 5:06pm


As I was sitting at Cole’s talking with Brent Falco one evening recently (the Bar Manager extraordinaire who I’m sure you’re familiar with, and if not you need to head down there right now!) a nice lady ordered a Sidecar from her. She asked if there was anything she could use instead of Jack (!) because she had been drinking them in more of a club setting and the place she frequented used Daniels. Brent didn’t even bat an eye, and made her and amazing Sidecar–sans said Jack/with Brandy, and the difference to her was immediately shown on her face.

This easy cocktail hails from around the prohibition era. Its simple mix of Brandy, Cointreau and fresh Lemon juice is simple yet extremely effective in getting you in the place you’d like to be. I stress that it should be FRESH Lemon juice and not a mix–I know some like to use a mix because some like this cocktail to be a little on the sweeter side, but you can add .25 of simple syrup instead or even sugar-rim the glass.

Sidecar
- 1.5 oz Brandy
- 3/4oz Cointreau
- 3/4oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- (optional sugar rimmed glass)
- Ice to tumbler, Shake and strain in Cocktail glass.

*BTW I know Brent’s take might be a little different than mine, so next time you’re in Cole’s ask her about hers. Its worth it :)

Plex Lowery, Tony’s Saloon, General Manager

Mix This: Mon Amie

April 4th, 2012 — 3:56pm


Mon Amie
.5 – P.F. 1840 Cognac
.5 – Bulleit Rye
1.0 – Campari
1.0 – Antica Vermouth
- Stir and strain on big rock in old fashioned glass. Flame and discard lemon twist.

Borrowing from Boulevardier this is one of my all-time favorite drinks; The rare cocktail of ours I fix for myself at a night’s end. Our house cognac, Pierre Ferrand 1840 is unlike 99.8% of its peers as it clocks in at 90 proof and can stand with damn near any other spirit and retain its character. Bulleit’s rye is often mistaken for its forebearers. This stuff is Canadian in origin, and thusly much softer than the dominant grain in fireplug ryes like Rittenhouse and Wild Turkey, or “The Kickin’ Chicken” as it’s known in my house. So pairing it with Cognac was an easy mark. It’s a great drink for making friends too, if ya know what I mean.

Allan Katz, Caña Rum Bar, GM