The “cobbler” refers to a dessert, a drink, and an occupation – but we are focusing on the brandy cobbler, a satisfying cocktail that has existed for over a century. The interesting aspect of cobblers is that they don’t subscribe to a rigid recipe, as one can make a cobbler with all sorts of liquor or fruit.
Instead, it is sort of a “rough idea” of a cocktail, that is meant to be enjoyed with all sorts of variations. Some mixologists choose to not even mix fruit in their cobblers, and to only have it involved as a garnish. In earlier iterations, cobblers were almost always wine-based drinks with ice – but the cobbler has certainly evolved to mean many different things in modern times.
- 1 teaspoon of superfine sugar (often in cube form)
- 2 ounces of brandy (can vary)
- 3 ounces of club soda
- 1 ounce of curacao, kirsch, simple syrup, or liqueur
- Slice of fruit
- The first choice is whether to build the wine in a cocktail glass or pour the ingredients into a shaker over ice, and shake.
- Many people choose to muddle fruit for a cobbler, while others choose to garnish it.
- The sugar cube should dissolve nicely in the soda, and you can choose how to sweeten the cocktail with syrup, liqueur or other options, depending on your preference.
- Cocktail shaker
- Old-fashioned glass
The fact is that cobblers in general can be prepared differently, with fruits ranging from orange, to lemon, to pineapple. One can even make a rum cobbler in place of brandy, but technically, a brandy cobbler is a “true” cobbler. The brandy cobbler is not the most popular cocktail, but is certainly a throwback to the late 1800s and 1900s that many can appreciate.