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French Connection Cocktail Recipe

Sep 19, 2017 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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This two-ingredient cocktail is similar to the Godfather which is made with whiskey instead of brandy. It is listed as a Contemporary Classic on the International Bartenders Association list of official cocktails and makes a lovely nightcap.

Brandy is a distilled spirit made by fermenting various kinds of fruit. Most commonly brandy is made from grapes, but any fermented fruit like apples, peaches, or pears is called a brandy.

Cognac is a type of grape-based brandy from the Cognac region of France. It is distilled in copper pots and aged in oak casks. Armagnac is another high-end French brandy from Gascony in the southwest of the country. It’s been around much longer than Cognac, but doesn’t tend to be as well known. It has a higher alcohol content and is usually aged longer than its famous cousin.

For your French Connection, you’re going to want to use a fine brandy. The drink is meant to savoured, so scan the top shelf and choose accordingly. Similarly, you need a quality Amaretto to truly enjoy this classy cocktail.

If you prefer the flavour of Grand Marnier, try using it instead of the Amaretto. Grand Marnier is also cognac-based, so the pairing works extremely well. A French Connection coffee adds amaretto and brandy to the brew and makes a great desert with whipped cream, almonds, and a cherry on top.

Here’s the recipe for making a French Connection cocktail:

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice
  2. Add both ingredients
  3. Stir gently

Equipment

  • Old Fashioned glass
  • Ice

TAGS

brandy, cognac, amaretto, french

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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

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