Brandy is an excellent liqueur to include in drinks because it has a versatile flavor. Its sweet and slightly fruity notes pair well with juices, spices, and other types of alcohol.
Here are some of the best brandy cocktails you can enjoy by yourself or with friends all year round.
These recipes include a range in ingredient accessibility and skill, so there is a brandy-forward drink for everyone!
This popular cocktail contains Cognac and Triple Sec liqueur. The Sidecar is a relatively easy drink to make. All you need to do is combine the alcohol and lemon juice in an ice-filled shaker. Pour the beverage into a martini glass, and decorate with a twist of your favorite citrus.
Brandy Alexander Cocktail
While nobody knows the exact origins of this cocktail, the Brandy Alexander remains a classic sipping drink for many. It is a cream-based cocktail, including heavy cream and creme de cacao. The Brandy Alexander also features Cognac. Mix everything in a shaker and serve with a grated nutmeg garnish.
Brandy Old Fashioned
We should all thank the state of Wisconsin for this delightful drink. The Brandy Old Fashioned cocktail includes Angostura bitters and your choice of brandy. Sweeten this drink with sugar cubes, and give it the classic sour taste with orange wedges and cherries. Make this cocktail for yourself or share it with friends at dinners and parties.
Bourbon Milk Punch
Bourbon Milk Punch is a delicious holiday party drink because it looks and tastes similar to eggnog without the egg. This cocktail features your choice of bourbon, brandy, or rum alongside milk and vanilla extract. Freshly grated nutmeg adds a warm feel. Make this drink dairy-free by using a substitute such as almond milk.
This take on the classic Manhattan drink includes brandy, giving it an elevated flavor. The preferred brandy is Cognac because of its spiced vanilla flavor, but you can use whatever variety you like best. It also includes ingredients like sweet red vermouth and Angostura bitters. Top with Luxard cherries and enjoy.
This French Vieux Carre is a little tricky for beginner cocktail makers because it includes several varieties of liqueur and bitters you may be unfamiliar with. The drink uses alcohol such as Rye whiskey, Cognac, Bénédictine, and Peychaud’s bitters. Thankfully, preparing this cocktail is as simple as pouring each ingredient into an ice-filled glass.
Here is a recipe for one interpretation of the famous New Orleans cocktail, the Sazerac. Rye whiskey is the star of this drink, accompanied by absinthe or anise liqueur. While this recipe includes minimal ingredients, its preparation takes several steps, including soaking sugar cubes and rinsing your glass.
The French Connection
The French Connection includes just two ingredients — Cognac and amaretto liqueur. It is a delicious drink for people who enjoy sweet cocktails. The drink is relatively straightforward to make. Combine the ingredients over ice, and stir them.
Apple Brandy Cider Cocktail
A quintessential alcoholic fall and winter drink, the Apple Brandy Cider Cocktail strikes the perfect balance between sweet and spiced flavor. The drink features all things apple — fruit, cider, and brandy. The recipe also includes brown sugar and cinnamon. This apple brandy cocktail makes enough to share with friends.
The Treaty of Paris
The Treaty of Paris cocktail includes a brandy of your choice and champagne. This recipe also recommends you make your own earl grey tea syrup to compliment the liqueur. While making your syrup adds an extra step to the process, it helps elevate the other flavors in the drink.
This tart and sweet cocktail feature several fruit-flavored ingredients like apple brandy, lemon juice, and orange juice. Include extra maple syrup for a sweeter taste. Serve this drink chilled, and garnish with a fresh apple wedge. Double or triple this Applejack Rabbit recipe and share it with friends.
This classic Brandy Sour cocktail recipe packs a tart punch with every sip. This drink features brandy and Angostura bitters alongside lemon juice and egg white. Add all of your ingredients into a shaker with ice. Pour into a tumbler glass and serve with one maraschino cherry.
Brandy works best in fruity drinks, but this sweet liqueur tastes incredible alongside almost any flavor. These recipes showcase just how truly delicious any type of brandy can be!
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