Brandy, Shaken

Brandy is often overlooked as a cocktail base, but it provides for some of the best cocktails around. Classically, it mixes well with Triple Sec, creating warm, sweet cocktails that are perfect for fall/winter drinking.

The Sidecar

The Sidecar is perhaps the most well-known brandy-based cocktail. It’s basically a whiskey sour with a swapped base, using triple sec as part of the sweetener.

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The Brandy Crusta

The Brandy Crusta is a precursor to the Sidecar, and while it contains similar ingredients, the different proportions make for a unique cocktail. It’s a little sweeter and a bit more mellow than the Sidecar.

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The Champs-Élysées

The Champs-Élysées is essentially a Sidecar with the triple sec swapped out for Yellow Chartreuse, but this change gives the drink a more herbaceous flavour. Once you drink a couple Champs-Élysées, you might find that it replaces the Sidecar as your go-to brandy cocktail.

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The Smelly Car

The Smelly Car is an original cocktail design to taste like tiger ice cream — the orange and black liquorice flavour we used to enjoy as kids. Based on the Sidecar, the Smelly Car features anise-infused Brandy, anise bitters and an absinthe rinse to bring out liquorice flavours, and dry Curacao for the orange.

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