Monday, December 18, 2017

Vanderbilt Cocktail

The name Vanderbilt suggests stately bearing and richness of character, if not pocketbook. This drink delivers with brandy (cognac please) a good helping of cherry liqueur and Angostura bitters.

Cherry Heering is the right choice here because it has an old-world black cherry flavor. It's not as candy-like as wild cherry brandies. Cognac is also the right choice, though a smooth American cherry brandy would be appropriate. This drink is sweet enough you could omit the sugar, but I wouldn't. You miss the rich experience without it.
  • 2 oz. brandy (cognac please)
  • 1 oz. cherry brandy (Cherry Heering used)
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

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