Sunday, July 22, 2018


I don't usually associate brandy or oranges with the Netherlands, but I'll go with it for the sake of this cocktail. I like that it is an all-spirits drink and because of that I felt that cognac, a French spirit, would be best represented here. This is Martell single distillery edition. It is a young-ish cognac that has a fairly rustic flavor--more alcoholic heat and less sugary in the nose and taste. It really works well in cocktails where strength plays well.

Netherlands is a lot like a Manhattan except for the orange flavor. The recipe calls for curacao, so I used the rum-based orange liqueur from Vitae. Not surprisingly it overwhelmed the Martell, but I'm pretty sure that that would happen anyway. I had to think of the drink as an orange cocktail, not a cognac cocktail. The cognac then is simply the spirit needed to spread out the orange flavor of the curacao and bitters.
  • 2 oz. brandy (cognac please! Martell single distillery used)
  • 1 oz. curacao (Vitae orange liqueur used)
  • dash orange bitters (Hella used)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an Old Fashioned glass full of fresh ice. 

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