Classic
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Brandy • Dry
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We’re not exactly sure what inspired the creation of this cocktail, but we do know it was invented sometime during the late 19th century by New York bartender George J. Kappeler, who was known for slinging drinks at the Holland House Hotel. The name is also a mystery, but apple brandy combined with two herbaceous French liqueurs and bitters does sound dangerously delicious.

The Essentials

Apple Brandy
Benedictine
Yellow Chartreuse
The Details

Ingredients

1.5 oz Apple Brandy
.75 oz Benedictine
.75 oz Yellow Chartreuse
2 dashes bitters
Brandied Cherry

Method

  • Add all ingredients, except for the garnish, to a mixing glass and fill with ice.
  • Stir and strain into a coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a brandied cherry.
easy
Strength:
Whiskey Dry Easy
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