Brandy Crusta

  • Serves

    makes 1 Cocktail


Invented in antebellum New Orleans, this citrus-kissed cocktail was a precursor to the sidecar. This recipe first appeared in the 2012 SAVEUR 100, with the article Cognac Cocktails.


  • 2 oz. cognac, such as Courvoisier 12
  • 1 tsp. orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters or Angostura bitters (available at Fee Brothers)
  • 1 1″wide strip lemon peel, to garnish


Step 1

Shake cognac, liqueur, juice, syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice until chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled cordial glass; submerge lemon peel in cocktail to serve.