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.
- 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.