From Cognac to Pisco. Brandy was the liquor of choice in the 15th and 16th century. It's been pretty popular ever since and helped kickstart the

cross-Atlantic triangle trade.

The most sensible thing to do to people you hate is to drink their Brandy.
-Elizabeth Taylor
Pisco Sour

Pisco, lime, lemon, simple syrup,

egg white, bitters

2 oz Pisco

1/2 oz fresh lime juice

1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

3/4 oz simple syrup

1 oz egg white (usually one egg)

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Without ice, shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Add ice and shake again for about 8 seconds. 

Double strain into a coupe and garnish with drops of Angostura bitters.


Cognac, Cointreau, lemon, 

cane sugar syrup

2 oz Cognac

(recommend Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac)

1/2 oz Cointreau

3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

1/4 oz cane sugar syrup

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 8-10 seconds and strain into a Nick & Nora glass.


Garnish with an orange twist. 

This version is the one on the left. A tradional Sidecar does not have sugar in it but places it around the rim like the glass on the right. However, I find most people find it too abrasive and I also enjoy the version on the left more as well. On the left each sip is the exact same, whereas the right is not. 

Brandy Alexander

Brandy, Creme de Cocoa, Cream

1 1/2 oz Brandy 

(recommend Pierre Ferrand Cognac)

1 oz Creme de Cocoa

1 oz Heavy Cream

Shake all ingredients with ice. Double strain into a martini glass or coupe. 

Garnish with grated nutmeg.