Brandy Crusta

This lovely sipping drink is the precursor to the Sidecar (cognac, Cointreau, lemon juice, and sugared rim.)  I served it in a champagne glass, so I doubled the amounts below in order to fill the glass. Ordinarily I would serve it in a small cocktail glass, but I have none as yet. A three ounce cordial glass would be perfect.

from: Vintage Cocktails
makes: ½ full champagne glass, double for a full glass

1 ½ oz. V.S. Cognac, or brandy
¼ oz. Maraschino liqueur (like Luxardo)
¼ oz. orange curaçao
¼ oz fresh lemon juice
1 dash Angostura bitters

Rub the juice from a lemon segment around the rim of  a small cocktail glass and dip the rim in superfine sugar.

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and shake well. Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a small spiral of lemon around the inside rim of the glass.

*Variations: Stir with ice if desired before straining. Add a bit of simple syrup if more sweetness is desired.

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