Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Brandy Fix

1/2 table-spoon sugar

Ingredient: sugar

What it is:  Additive
Many 19th century recipes specifically called for white sugar, which is more refined and preferred over browner sugars. But modern white sugar is probably too refined, making raw cane sugar the best, easily available choice.

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2 to 3 dash lime

Ingredient: lime

What it is:  Fruit

A number of different fruits (generally citruses), both species and hybrids, which have their origin in the Himalayan region of India, and which are typically round, green to yellow in color, 3–6 cm in diameter, generally containing sour and acidic pulp.

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or lemon juice
1/2 pony glass pineapple syrup

Ingredient: pineapple syrup

What it is:  Syrup
Fruit syrup that can be purchased or made from sweetened, concentrated pineapple juice.

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1 to 2 dash Chartreuse

Ingredient: Chartreuse

What it is:  Liqueur

French liqueur composed of distilled alcohol flavored with 130 herbal extracts.

Substitution:  Chartreuse (yellow)

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dissolved well with a little water or seltzer
1 large bar glass ice

Ingredient: ice

What it is:  Additive
The new general availability of ice in the mid 1800s revolutionized bar-tending and drinking. Ice was delivered in blocks that then had to to be broken, crushed, picked and shaved for increasingly popular individual drinks (as opposed to large punches).

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fill glass with shaved ice
1 wine-glass brandy

Ingredient: brandy

What it is:  Brandy
Brandy (from brandywine, derived from Dutch brandewijn—"burnt wine") is a spirit produced by distilling wine, the wine having first been produced by fermenting grapes. Brandy generally contains 35%–60% alcohol by volume and is typically taken as an after-dinner drink. While some brandies are aged in wooden casks, most are colored with caramel coloring to imitate the effect of such aging.

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(Use a large bar glass.)

Stir up with a spoon, and ornament the top with grapes, and berries in season, and serve with a straw.