Brandy Cocktails for Winter

The brandy category keeps getting better and better, just as bartenders continue to devise new ways of mixing the spirit into cocktails. There’s never a bad time for brandy, but winter is an especially perfect time to incorporate it into your glass.

Ale Punch
This ale punch is one of the few recipes with beer that appears in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 Bar-Tender’s Guide.

Banana Alexander
The Banana Alexander at Holeman and Finch in Atlanta is a fun tropical riff on the classic Brandy Alexander recipe.

Black Rider
Named after a Tom Waits album, a full-bodied brandy and a strong, smoky mezcal make this drink sing.

Brandy Alexander
A holiday classic via Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge.

Brandy Crusta
The Brandy Crusta was originally made with Cognac but can also be made with brandy, bourbon or rye whiskey.

Classic Brandy Milk Punch
The Brandy Milk Punch recipe has long been a holiday staple in Louisiana, thanks to the New Orleans restaurants run by the Brennan’s.

Deauville Sidecar
Calvados amplifies the fruity side of aged brandy in this twist on the classic Sidecar cocktail.

Improved Japanese Cocktail
This riff on a 19th-century classic gets a boost with the addition of lemon juice and Peychaud’s bitters.

Loud Speaker
California brandy’s richness is countered by gin’s spark in this adaptation of a classic cocktail.

Saint Cecilia’s Society Punch
Brandy, rum and black tea syrup create a wintry trio of flavors.

Sidra Ponche
Daniel Parker Guidry drew inspiration for this simple sidra cocktail from a 1920’s recipe.

The Newark
A riff on the Brooklyn cocktail from PDT.


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