A cross between a sazerac and a whiskey smash, this cocktail recipe by Suffolk Arms head bartender Caitlin Ryan highlights the versatility of Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy, a brandy made in the American bourbon tradition. Unbeknownst to many, the traditional sazerac recipe called for brandy, as opposed to rye. Playing off Copper & Kings’ musical ethos—all barrels are sonically-aged, with music used to agitate the spirit—the name of the cocktail comes from a line in Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man.”
- 2 oz. Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy
- 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 3⁄4 oz. maple syrup
- Handful mint sprigs (1 for shaking, 1 for garnish)
- 7 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
- Combine Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy, fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, and a handful of mint in a cocktail shaker filled with ice; shake vigorously.
- Strain into a chilled rocks glass with a large ice cube and garnish with mint sprig to serve.