Brandy Cocktail Recipe

Brandy Cocktail Recipe


An easy cocktail recipe for a

Brandy Cocktail

The classic cocktail with Brandy and Angostura bitters



  • cognac (brandy)
  • dashes of Cointreau, sugar syrup and Angostura bitters
  • twist of lemon peel
  • ice cubes
  • tumbler (old-fashioned glass)


How to mix a Brandy Cocktail

For a Brandy Cocktail put several ice cubes in a shaker, add all the ingredients (except the lemon peel) (2 dashes of each Cointreau, sugar syrup and Angostura per regular-sized glass) and shake well.  Then strain the mixture into a tumbler (old-fashioned glass) that has been filled with ice cubes (the ice cubes used for shaking remain in the shaker). Put the twist of lemon peel in the glass and serve.

Bartender’s tips and advice

  • This recipe is one of the oldest that still remains popular and that you can still order in any decent bar today. The cocktail dates back to the middle of the 19th century and is regarded as the father of a simplified variant which is sidecar cocktail (sidecar recipe »). As you can tell by comparing those two – the bitters were among the important ingredients of the cocktails of the old days. So while the brandy cocktail (mid 19th century) contains bitters the younger sidecar recipe (1920s) does not.
  • Find more even more tips and interesting facts in the bartenders guide.


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