How To Make Brandy Cocktails

Need to know how to make brandy cocktails? Brandy and brandy cocktails have an air of sophistication about them, and the at-home bartender should know how to make a few brandy cocktails. The next time you want to impress your friends, try one of these brandy cocktails.

1. The Sidecar is a classic brandy cocktail, often using Cognac, a brandy produced in the Cognac region of France. To make a Sidecar, you will need:

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Chilled cocktail glass
  • Fine sugar
  • Lemon
  • Cognac or brandy
  • Cointreau or triple sec
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  1. Rub the rim of the cocktail glass with a lemon wedge. Dip the rim in sugar.
  2. Add 1-1/2 ounces Cognac or brandy, 3/4 ounce Cointreau or triple sec, and 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice to shaker with ice. Shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into the cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel twist, if desired.

2. Another classic brandy cocktail is the Stinger. A Stinger can actually be made with any liquor, but its origins are as a brandy cocktail. To make a Stinger, you will need:

  • Glass for mixing
  • Stirring spoon
  • Old-fashioned glass
  • Brandy
  • White creme de menthe
  • Ice
  1. Mix 1-1/2 ounces brandy and 1-1/2 ounces white creme de menthe in a mixing glass with ice with a stirring spoon.
  2. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice.

3. If you're looking for a brandy cocktail with a hint of apricot flavor, try the Midnight Cocktail. To make this brandy cocktail, you will need:

  • Chilled cocktail glass
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Ice
  • Apricot brandy
  • Triple sec
  • Fresh lemon juice
  1. Add 1-1/2 ounces apricot brandy 3/4 ounce triple sec, and 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into cocktail glass.



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