Cognac

Widows Kiss

The first mention of the Widow’s Kiss is in the 1895 book Modern American Drinks by George Kappeler. Kappeler was the head bartender at Holland House, a fancy New York hotel on the corner of 5th Avenue and 30th Street. This cocktail flaunts the elegant shades of fruity brandy that is brown with a dazzling shade of …

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Brandy Sangaree

This cocktail dates back to the late 1700s and is the perfect open-ended drink. This cocktail has a great balance of sweet and spice, with brandy being the perfect touch. INGREDIENTS 2 oz Brandy 1/2 oz Simple Syrup 1/2 oz Port Wine Soda Water Garnish: Freshly Grated Nutmeg PREPARATION In a highball glass, ddd brandy and syrup. …

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Brandy Cobbler

According to Jerry Thomas circa 1862, a cobbler—a class of drink all its own—is a simply a spirit or wine sweetened with sugar and fresh fruit, and served over ice. Most early versions used wine as a base spirit, but eventually cobblers of all different sorts began cropping up in American bars. Dale DeGroff is …

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Brandy Crusta

This cocktail has been credited to the famous bartender, Joseph Santini, who owned a bar called Jewel of the South in the vibrant city of New Orleans. A slight variation of this cocktail was first published in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 cocktail manual. A properly made Brandy Crusta calls for an evenly spread sugar rim. INGREDIENTS …

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Between the Sheets

Between the Sheets is a cocktail consisting of rum, cognac, triple sec, and lemon juice. Its sister cocktail is “Maiden’s Prayer,” which substitutes the rum out for gin. In the 1930s, Harry MacElhone from Harry’s New York Bar in Paris originally created the drink as an alternative to the famous Sidecar cocktail, this time with a heavy pour of rum. …

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The Baton Rouge

Vermouth lovers will enjoy The Baton Rouge cocktail. With equal measures of Gold Rum, Xanté Liqueur and, of course, Sweet Vermouth, and a double measure of Cognac, the spirits are carefully stirred together with ice, Angostura bitters and Peychaud’s bitters to create a smooth, potent cocktail that is actually served in its namesake restaurant. INGREDIENTS …

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Delmonico

The Delmonico was a New York establishment that opened near Madison Square in 1876, right at the beginning of the golden age of the cocktail. It gained a reputation as one of the nation’s top fine dining establishments and the birthplace of the Delmonico steak. This cocktail was the house cocktail of this restaurant, combining …

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Prince of Wales

One of the oldest cocktails, dating back to the 1800s, is the Champagne Cocktail. It consists of a sugar cube dropped in a glass with bitters. A small measure of Cognac is added, then topped off with Champagne. The Prince of Wales cocktail was created by no other than the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, …

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Fish House Punch

The Fish House Punch is believed to be the first-ever punch concocted in 1732 at Philadelphia’s fishing club, the State in Schuylkill. In fact, America’s first president, George Washington, was known to be fond of a drink or two, and sometimes more. He indulged in thirteen toasts — one for each state — during a victory …

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Fog Cutter

The Fog Cutter is a vintage tiki cocktail invented by Victor Bergeron that mixes a few spirits together, making this cocktail high in alcoholic content. The recipe was first featured in Bergeron’s original 1947 Bartender Guide that contained a quote that stated, “Fog Cutter, hell. After two of these, you won’t even see the stuff”. INGREDIENTS 1/2 oz Cognac 1/2 …

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