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7 Brandy Cocktails to Use Up That Bottle

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Although brandy was the original base for many classic cocktails that we know and love today, the grape-based spirit isn’t used nearly as much in modern mixed drinks. If you have a bottle of the stuff gathering dust on your shelf from the brandy cocktail you made “that one time,” it’s high time to free up some precious bar cart space and put it to good use. Try one of these seven delicious brandy cocktails, and you might be buying a fresh bottle sooner than you think.

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Brandy predates cocktails as we know them, so it makes sense that the spirit was integral to the invention of many modern drinks. The Crusta is the silent hero of cocktail history, which gave rise to the entire Sours category that now includes drinks like the Sidecar, Gimlet and Daiquiri. If you’re new to brandy cocktails, this light, fruity drink is the perfect introduction.

The Essentials

brandy
orange curaçao
lemon juice
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The watery Sangria that’s served in endless portions at boozy brunches typically lacks a brandy kick, but the grape spirit is crucial to the true recipe, as it mixes perfectly with its low-ABV cousin vino. The large format drink can be made ahead of time, so it’s a stress-free option to serve at your next dinner party.

The Essentials

Red Wine
brandy
Orange
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Brandy is the only traditional ingredient in this Mexican take on Milk Punch, which crossbreeds the classic New Orleans cocktail with horchata and a milkshake. Sweet brandy may be appropriate for an elegant digestif, but this next-level, cajeta-spiked cocktail is the post-dinner drink of champions.

The Essentials

brandy
Horchata Ice Cream
Cajeta
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Julia Momose of Chicago’s GreenRiver created this cocktail to highlight the walnut and apple notes of Copper & Kings Immature Brandy, but any nutty brandy will do. A fruity lychee syrup brings brandy’s grape notes to the forefront and adds a nice tang to the cocktail.

The Essentials

Manzanilla Sherry
Pink Port
Lychee Syrup
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When the whole family comes together for the holidays, it can be hard to find a drink that suits everyone's palate (no one wants to see grandma doing Jello Shots—again) Enter Glögg, aka 19th-century Swedish mulled wine. This crowd-pleaser may be older than your most curmudgeonly brandy-sipping relative, but at least it won’t make any uncomfortable comments at the Christmas dinner table.

The Essentials

red wine
port
aquavit
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For those who don’t normally drink brandy, the liquor can be a classy indulgence. Don’t squander the opportunity by simply chugging it from a Solo cup. Treat yo’ self to this luxe cocktail, named for the famous Parisian avenue, from cocktail maestro Harry Craddock. The drink ups the fancy French factor with green Chartreuse to create a lovely couped cocktail that will be the Instagram envy of all your friends.


 

The Essentials

Brandy
Green Chartreuse
Lemon juice
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Warm brandy drinks are a mainstay of the snowy Alps, where posh skiers sip them by the fire in turtlenecks and furry coats. This Italian take on Eggnog was originally made with nothing more than brandy, milk and egg custard, but we transformed it into a frozen concrete-like concoction by swapping the custard for advocaat, an eggy brandy-based liqueur. Even if you’ve never seen the Alps, you’ll understand why this brandy drink is a hit with the locals.

The Essentials

Advocaat
Brandy
Genepi

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