Brandy is a versatile spirit, that is extremely common in both cooking and cocktails. As a result, there are is an extremely large variety of brandy cocktails. Brandy has existed for several centuries, and is made from distilling wine.
The spirit has almost always been a digestif, or a drink to be enjoyed after a hearty meal. It is probably because of this association with meals that has led brandy to be used in food possibly more than any other spirit, and for various reasons. Regardless, this kind of tradition has led to all sorts of different variations and iterations of the brandy cocktail. This is about the brandy cocktail in the absolute purest form, and is a charming simple cocktail that is still enjoyed to this day, even if brandy may not be as popular as some of its counterparts, such as whiskey or vodka.
- 3 ounces of brandy (any kind you prefer)
- 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
- 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 1 Lemon juice (optional)
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
- Garnish with a lemon peel
- Cocktail glass
- Cocktail shaker
The beauty of a brandy cocktail is its simplicity, as it is perfect for a cocktail that can be made very quickly in 5 minutes. This is how to make the most traditional version of the brandy cocktail, and you can adjust with many small adjustments. If you desire a sweeter taste, add an extra teaspoon of syrup, If you are in the mood for your cocktail to be a little tart, use an extra half ounce of lime juice.
You can even add an ounce of golden rum if you want to make the cocktail stronger. The brandy cocktail is a great blueprint for you to customize a drink that suits your needs, and can be made in a moment for the unexpected guest. Drink your brandy cocktail responsibly!