Posted 22 December 2002 - 07:59 PM
Other than variations on the classic Stinger, do you have any favorite cocktail using VSOP or better Cognac/Armagnac? Spanish Brandy de Jerez? Calvados?
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Posted 23 December 2002 - 10:47 AM
You’re in luck! One of the best recipes I have come up with in all the years of original recipes is my Millennium Cocktail.
I was commissioned to create the recipe by the Courvoisier Cognac people for their millennium bottling. Here is the recipe and the story from the book:
v MILLENNIUM COCKTAIL* (a.k.a. East India Cocktail)
I was commissioned to create this cocktail with the Millennium bottling from Courvoisier and it turned out better than I ever expected, but now I guess I need to change the name. The cocktail is too good to be relegated to the trash heap of millennium merchandise. It is one of my best.
Since writing these words I have acquired an out of print cocktail book called the Roving Bartender by Bill Kelly 1948, and to my surprise there was a cocktail called the East India Cocktail with Brandy, Curacao, Pineapple and Bitters. I don’t know if it was Bill’s or if it pre-dates his book, but 1948 is my birth year so all bodes well. My additions of orange oil and nutmeg changed the flavor profile of the drink sufficiently that I feel I have a new drink.
1 ½ oz. Courvoisier Millennium Cognac
1 ½ oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz. Orange Curacao
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of orange and dust with nutmeg.
Also Jason I created a drink for the Olympics in Barcelona called the Barcelona with Spanish Brandy:
I created this for the James Beard House in New York City, during the Barcelona Olympics.
¾ oz. Spanish Brandy
¾ oz. Dry Sack Sherry
¾ oz. Cointreau
¾ oz. Orange Juice
¾ oz. Heavy Cream
1 oz. simple syrup
Freeze in the blender with ¾ cup of ice. Serve in a London Dock or Sherry style glass. Garnish with a light dusting of cinnamon. NOTE: the drink works just as well as a shaken drink if you don’t have a blender.
Finally there is a classic drink made in Gascony with Armagnac called :
½ tsp. Armagnac
½ tsp. Grand Marnier
3 tsp. Orange Juice
½ tsp. simple syrup
3 oz. chilled Champagne
Orange peel, cut into thin strips.
Chill first four ingredients in a mixing glass and strain into a flute. Top with Champagne and add strips of orange peel so they extend the length of the glass.