Brandy is a key ingredient in a drink we serve on Thanksgiving and in our cranberry sauce, so whenever we see it on sale in the fall we grab a bottle. Normally, we use the rest of the bottle for cooking, but this year we’re determined to try out some brandy cocktails. We’ve learned something in our experiments so far: I like brandy more than Greg does. (This may be because the stuff we buy for cooking isn’t exactly the highest quality.) He threw a splash of orange juice in his Old-Fashioned took a few sips and let me finish the rest. He then went into the kitchen to make a dirty martini. Knowing he wasn’t a fan of the stronger brandy drinks, I doubled the amount of orange juice in the second drink.
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 2 dashes bitters
- splash of soda
- 1 1/4 ounce brandy
Put sugar, bitters and soda in a tumbler, swirl around to incorporate. Add ice cubes and brandy. Garnish with orange slice or cherry or both.
Burnt Orange (adapted from The Ultimate Cocktail Book)
- 3 drops orange or Angostura bitters (we used chocolate bitters)
- juice from one orange
- 3 measures brandy
Pour ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Do the hippy hippy shake. Strain into martini glass. Decorate with orange slices.