it's getting chilly, warm up with some brandy and cognac
As November slowly fades into December, it is inevitable that the cold is quickly approaching. There is something revitalizing about brandy and cognac that will warm up even the coldest of winter days. These spirits are sure to give your customers an escape from the seasonal conditions. The following recipes are guaranteed to please and provide a creative outline for success behind your bar.
Brandy Old Fashioned
1 sugar cube or 1 tsp. 2:1 simple syrup
In a chilled old fashioned glass, muddle the sugar, bitters, orange wedge and cherry into a thick paste, careful not to work the orange peel. Add brandy or Cognac, stir, and fill glass with crushed ice and serve.
1 oz. Brandy
Shake the brandy, crème de cacao, and cream with ice; then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a pinch of nutmeg.
1.5 oz. VS or VSOP Cognac
Coat the rim of a cocktail glass with sugar and set aside. (Do this a few minutes ahead of time so the sugar can dry and adhere well to the glass.) Add the remaining ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a piece of orange peel.
1 oz. Campari
Muddle mint in cocktail shaker. Add other ingredients. Shake and strain over crushed ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.
What Happens in Cabo...
3/4 oz. Cabo Diablo
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and stir vigorously. Strain and serve on the rocks.
1.5 oz. Wild Turkey 81
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with an orange twist.
Red Hot Chocolate
1 oz. Campari
Put milk, cream & chocolate in a milk frothing cup used for espresso. Froth milk as you would for cappuccino. When milk is hot remove frothing wand and whisk or stir vigorously until chocolate is completely melted. Add Campari and Brandy. Pour into heat-resistant cup. Can be garnished with 1 large hand-cut marshmallow or a red peppermint stick.