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:
- 30ml Cognac
- 30ml Amaretto
- Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice
- Add both ingredients
- Stir gently
- Old Fashioned glass