Back in the early 19th century, when the cocktail was in its infancy, the driving spirits were either Cognac or Rum. Whiskey was certainly produced in the colonies, primarily rye, but the tipple used most often in cocktails was Cognac. Rum was firmly ensconced in the punch bowl of your local tavern and ventured forth as a cocktail only occasionally.
Paying homage to those early days, the Classic Cocktail is a refreshing Cognac-based drink that emphasizes the key element of a cocktail – balance. Sweet must play against bitter to create a harmonious balance on the palate. The use of Maraschino liqueur softens the bite from the Cognac.
Light, but spiritous, the Classic Cocktail is perfect on a warm summer night!
The Classic Cocktail…
1/2oz. Maraschino Liqueur
1/2oz. Grand Marnier
1/2oz. Lemon Juice
1/2oz. Cold Water
Shake with crushed ice and strain into a coupe. Garnish with a lemon peel, or a Luxardo cherry.