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Creative Cocktail: A Brandy Reviver


A contemporary take on a perennial favourite, the Brandy Crusta will help keep you warm this winter.


There’s a wealth of cocktails to keep you warm this chilly season, but one of our favourites is the Brandy Crusta, which is among the oldest drinks in the business, invented in New Orleans during the 1840s.


While the Brandy Crusta is generally made with cognac, which gives it a nutty, caramel taste, it’s equally good with bourbon too.


Unusually, to make a Crusta, you essentially have to begin at the end: by garnishing the glass. Start off by cutting a lemon into wedges and wipe the edges of a small wine glass. Next, dip your glass into some superfine sugar to coat the rim.


After that, pour a solid splash of cognac, a dash of Grand Marnier, a squeeze of lemon juice and a little Maraschino into a shaker (or a jar) full of ice. Shake it up then strain into your wine glass.


Pop in an ice cube, then pour over a touch of Schweppes Lemon Lime and Bitters to finish. Garnish with a curl of lemon rind and there you have it!


The Brandy Crusta


Grand Marnier


Maraschino (sweet cherry-flavoured liquor)

Schweppes Lemon Lime and Bitters


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