Brandy Crusta

  • 1.5 oz Brandy
  • .25 oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • .5 oz Orange Liqueur
  • .5 oz Lemon Juice
  • .25 oz Simple Syrup
  • Dash of Angostura Bitter

Garnish:  Lemon Peel, Turbinado Sugar

Glass:  Cocktail Glass

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer

Preparation:  Combine ingredients in an ice filled mixing glass.  Shake for 10 seconds.  Strain into a cocktail glass with a sugar-crusted rim.

This is the recipe from the Cocktails 101 booklet from Paul McGee of The Whistler in Chicago, Illinois.  According to cocktail historian David Wondrich, this drink was created sometime between 1855 to 1869 by Joseph Santini, a New Orleans bartender who owned the saloon The Jewel of the South (“The Jewel” for short).  The recipe from Wondrich’s article in Imbibe magazine is different and calls for:

  • 2 oz VSOP Cognac
  • 1 tsp orange curacao or Grand Marnier
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp rich simple syrup (2:1 Demerara sugar to water)
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s or Creole Bitters
  • Garnished with a sugared lemon peel

Personally, I didn’t like this recipe quite as much as it was a little bit too boozy and did not have enough acidity from the lemon juice.  The addition of the maraschino liqueur and increased quantity of lemon juice in Paul McGee’s version is more balanced in my opinion.

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