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Ozymandias Cocktail


A Vieux Carré laced with bittersweet orange notes.

A cousin to the Vieux Carré, this rich Ozymandias cocktail demonstrates brandy’s cozy relationship with rye whiskey. Bar Expo in Louisville uses Bigallet China-China Amer L’Orange in their version—if you don’t have this on hand, substitute Ramazzotti and give the cocktail an extra twist of orange peel.


  • ¾ oz. rye whiskey (such as Rittenhouse)
  • ¾ oz. brandy (Expo uses Copper & Kings Butchertown Brandy)
  • ½ oz. Bigallet China-China Amer L’Orange (see note above)
  • ½ oz. Bénédictine
  • ½ oz. sweet vermouth
  • 1 dash Bittermens Tiki bitters
  • Tools:barspoon, strainer
  • Glass:coupe
  • Garnish:lemon twist


Stir all of the ingredients with ice, then strain into a chilled glass. Express the lemon twist over the drink, then use as garnish.

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