Original Cognac Cocktail

Original Cognac Cocktail (Adapted by David Wondrich from Jerry Thomas, Bar-Tenders’ Guide, 1862)

In a mixing glass, stir ½ teaspoon/3 ml of superfine sugar with1 teaspoon/5 ml water until sugar has dissolved


2 oz/60 ml Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula

1 teaspoon/5 ml orange liqueur, such as Mathilde Orange X.O. Liqueur

2-3 dashes aromatic bitters, such as Fee’s Whiskey barrel Bitters, The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters or Angostura bitters

Fill glass with cracked ice, stir well and strain into chilled cocktail glass

Twist lemon peel over the top


For an Improved Cognac Cocktail, substitute maraschino liqueur for the orange liqueur and add a dash (or 3 or 4 drops) of absinthe

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