#DOTW: Brandy Crusta

So. I never heard of this drink! I came across it trying to find you something refreshing made with cognac, and it sounded so good (despite the weird name). I made it, I loved it, my friends loved it. It’s a little fancy, and that’s ok with me! Enjoy…



What you’ll need:

  • 2 oz Hennessy (or quality cognac of your choice)
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau (or triple sec if you don’t have any)
  • 1/2 oz Maraschino liquor (recipe follows)
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup (more or less, you decide)
  • 2 dashes of bitters
  • 1 oz water

To make Maraschino liquor, add 1 1/2 oz vodka to 1/2 oz Maraschino cherry juice (from the jar), a good squeeze of lemon juice and a splash of simple syrup. Shake well and voilà!

Combine all ingredients, shake well in a Martini shaker. Pour into a Champagne flute. Garnish with a lemon peel on the top part of the glass.

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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