The Original Cognac Cocktail

Sep 29, 2011 12:52 pm

Cognac, mixed like in the old times

If you’re a Cognac novice, a good introduction to the spirit is with a well-balanced drink. Not that you need to be a newbie to enjoy your Cognac in a cocktail. Adapted by David Wondrich from Jerry Thomas’ Bar-Tenders’ Guide, 1862.

Servings: 1 drink


2 oz Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula
1 teaspoon orange liqueur
2-3 dashes aromatic bitters (Fee's Whiskey Barrel Bitters or Angostura bitters)
1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar

1. In a mixing glass, stir the sugar with 1 teaspoon of water, until sugar has dissolved.

2. Add the other ingredients and fill the glass with cracked ice. Stir well and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

3. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

For an Improved Cognac Cocktail, substitute the orange liqueur for maraschino liqueur, and add a dash of absinthe.

Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
5 minutes
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