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Brandy • Sour
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Though garnishing a cocktail is typically the final step—and often an afterthought—a sugared rim and glass-lining lemon peel form the basis for this simple but elegant drink. Invented in New Orleans in the 1850s by bartender Joseph Santini, the drink was one of the earliest—if not the earliest—sour cocktails. In our eyes, any drink that gave birth to the Cognac-based Sidecar, the lime-flecked Gimlet and the rummy Daiquiri is worth of admiration. It’s definitely worthy of drinking.

The Essentials

brandy
orange curaçao
lemon juice
Strainer
Shaker
The Details

Ingredients

2 oz brandy
1 tsp orange curaçao
.5 oz lemon juice
1 tsp rich simple syrup (2 parts sugar; 1 part water)
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Sugar rim and lemon peel, for garnish

Method

  • Rim a glass with sugar.
  • Place a lemon peel around the inner edge of the glass.
  • Add all remaining ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
  • Shake, and strain into the rimmed glass.
Intermediate
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