Improved Brandy Cocktail

Michael Kraus

Legendary bartender Jerry Thomas created this elegant, bittersweet cocktail in 1876; an update with a touch of absinthe keeps it lively. This recipe first appeared in the 2012 SAVEUR 100, with the article Cognac Cocktails.

Improved Brandy Cocktail
Legendary bartender Jerry Thomas created this elegant, bittersweet cocktail in 1876; an update with a touch of absinthe keeps it lively.
Yield: makes 1 Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. cognac, such as Frapin Cuvee VSOP
  • 1 tsp. simple syrup
  • 12 tsp. maraschino liqueur, such as Luxardo
  • 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
  • 2 dashes absinthe
  • Twist of lemon peel, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Stir cognac, syrup, liqueur, bitters, and absinthe with a bar spoon in a cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice until chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass; garnish with lemon twist.