Brandy Crusta

Listed in the first ever cocktail guide, The Bon Vivants Companion back in 1862 by Jerry “The Professor” Thomas, the Brandy Crusta perfectly balances of rich orange notes of a VSOP cognac with the sweet of Triple Sec (orange liqueur) and the tart of fresh lemon juice with spicy aromatic bitters.

Brandy Crusta 1862

Regarded by many to be the precursor to the popular Sidecar cocktail, the Crusta is well distinguished by its unique sugar rim (“crusta”) and lemon peel lining. Despite publishing over 200 recipes in his legendary cocktail guide, Jerry Thomas only supplied two illustrations throughout, both of which were brandy cocktails – Pousse L’Amor and Brandy Crusta.


2 parts Courvoisier® VSOP EXCLUSIF™ Cognac

½ Fresh lemon squeezed

1 part Triple sec (orange liqueur)

½ part Sugar syrup

1 Lemon peel with pitch removed

1 Tbsp Crushed Demerara Sugar

Glass: Small wine, snifter or tulip glass

Method: Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake hard until cool and well mixed. Strain into a chilled, sugar rimmed tulip glass lined with the skin of a whole lemon.

More cognac cocktail recipes, here: Cognac Drinks & Cocktails

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Max is a spirits expert and speaker, into marketing, technology, startups, and business development. He’s also a farmer. He likes tools and machines, Game of Thrones, and Better Call Saul. Included in his Top 10 Cognacs are the Audry XO and Bache Gabrielsen 1973.Max founded Cognac Expert in 2010 at his family’s estate in Poullignac, in the Cognac region, France. Started as a blog, today Cognac Expert is the world’s largest website about all things Cognac, a blog, and a specialized online shop featuring 800+ different Cognac bottles.


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    Willaim Marley

    Great to see some recipes on the site! I’m a huge fan of both cocktails and cognac but have never known how to bring them together before.

    Will there be more recipes in the future?


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    Cognac Expert

    William, yes there will be cocktail recipes every week.

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