Posted: Mar 28, 2014 9:00 AM
Dating all the way back to the early 1800s, the brandy crusta is one cocktail that has stood the test of time. With its long lemon peel garnish and sugar rim, it's both fun to make and to drink. Grab that bottle of brandy (or cognac) and raise your glass with a classic tonight!

Recipes for the brandy crusta cocktail appeared in Jerry Thomas' Bartender's Guide and Harry Craddock's The Savoy Cocktail Book. The two recipes vary slightly in the ingredients but they both call for rimming the glass with sugar and garnishing with a large lemon peel. When making this drink at home, definitely don't leave these steps out — they really do make the drink. Plus, it's always fun to sip on a cocktail with a sugar rim.

As the name implies, the brandy crusta cocktail is made with brandy. Cognac can also be used because it is a type of brandy that's made in Cognac, France. The other ingredients in the drink act to highlight the brandy, not overpower it so you'll want to use one that you really enjoy.

Brandy crusta cocktail

Serves 1


  • 2 ounces brandy or cognac
  • 1 teaspoon orange curaçao liqueur (try Grand Marnier)
  • 1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur (try Luxardo)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Superfine sugar for rimming glass and a large lemon peel for garnish


  1. Rim a small chilled wine glass with lemon and dip into superfine sugar. Line the inside of the glass with a large lemon peel.
  2. Add the brandy (or cognac), Grand Marnier, maraschino, lemon juice and bitters to a mixing glass with cracked ice. Stir until chilled, strain into the prepared glass and enjoy!

NOTe^ If you find this drink isn't sweet enough for you, add a little bit of simple syrup to taste.

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