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Brandy Crusta

brandy crusta

The classic recipe gets an extra layer of flavor.

The Brandy Crusta is one of the few cocktails that you garnish before making the drink. At Truss and Twine in Palm Springs, bar manager Dave Castillo adds a smidgen of maraschino liqueur for extra aromatics.


  • 2 oz. Cognac
  • ½ oz. orange curaçao
  • ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz. maraschino liqueur
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Tools:shaker, strainer
  • Glass:cocktail
  • Garnish:sugar rim and lemon curl


Cut a lemon in half. Pare the full peel off half and squeeze the juice from the lemon. Prepare a glass by moistening the rim with lemon and dipping it in sugar, then carefully curling the lemon peel around the inside of the glass. Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and strain into glass and add 1 small cube of ice.


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