Brandy crusta

Brandy crusta is a classic cocktail made with brandy, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and a sugared rim. It is often garnished with a strip of lemon rind.

Brandy crusta recipe

  • 52.5 ml brandy
  • 7.5 ml Maraschino Luxardo
  • 1 Bar spoon Curaçao
  • 15 ml Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Bar spoon simple syrup
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters

Mix all ingredients with ice cubes in a mixing glass. Strain into slim cocktail glass rimmed with sugar.

Directions for how to make the Brandy crusta

To make a Brandy Crusta drink:

  1. Combine 52.5 ml brandy, 7.5 ml Maraschino Luxardo, 1 Bar spoon Curaçao, 15 ml fresh lemon juice, 1 Bar spoon simple syrup, and 2 dashes aromatic bitters in a mixing glass.

  2. Add ice cubes to the mixing glass.

  3. Stir the ingredients well until they are well chilled and combined.

  4. Rim a slim cocktail glass with sugar.

  5. Strain the Brandy Crusta drink into the rimmed cocktail glass.

  6. Enjoy the drink immediately while it is still chilled.

Tips for how to make the perfect Brandy crusta

  • Chill the glass: Make sure to chill the glass beforehand so that it stays cool when you pour the drink.

  • Rim the glass with sugar and lemon zest: Dip the rim of the glass in a mixture of sugar and lemon zest, which will add a sweet and zesty flavor to the drink.

  • Use high-quality brandy: Choose a high-quality brandy that will complement the other flavors.

  • Add fresh lemon juice: Add fresh lemon juice to the brandy, sugar, and triple sec mixture to give the drink a tart, refreshing flavor.

  • Use a large ice cube: Use a large ice cube in the drink, which will melt slowly and dilute the brandy slowly.

  • Garnish with a lemon twist: Add a lemon twist to the drink for an extra burst of flavor and an elegant finishing touch.

Alcohol-free alternative to the Brandy crusta

One alcohol-free alternative to the drink Brandy Crusta is a mocktail made with fresh lemon juice, orange juice, simple syrup, bitters, and a splash of grenadine. It can be served in a sugar-rimmed glass or with a slice of orange to mimic the flavors of Brandy Crusta. This non-alcoholic version is refreshing, tangy, and has a subtle sweetness that balances the tartness of the citrus juices. It can be enjoyed at any time without the buzz.

Brandy crusta fun facts

  1. Brandy Crusta is a cocktail traditionally made with cognac, lemon juice, orange liqueur, maraschino liqueur, and bitters.
  2. The Brandy Crusta is believed to be one of the oldest classic cocktails, invented in New Orleans in the mid-1800s.
  3. The cocktail gets its name from the sugared rim that crusts on the edge of the glass.
  4. The Brandy Crusta’s recipe was first published in 1862 in Jerry Thomas' book “How to Mix Drinks.”
  5. The Brandy Crusta’s unique glass presentation, with the sugar rim and a long spiral of lemon peel, has inspired many modern cocktails such as the Sidecar and the Margarita.