A brandy produced in the wine-region surrounding Cognac, France. Cognac must be twice distilled and aged for at least two years in French oak.
Also refered to as French vermouth, these are (usually) colorless vermouths that have not been sweetened, containing less than 4% sugar.
A sweet dark red blackcurrant liqueur. Consumed as a digestif or in cocktails like the Kir; 15% ABV.
The most common fruit juice used in cocktails. This citrus juice is about 6% acid; pure citric acid. Lemon juice should be used the day it is squeezed, some like it freshly squeezed and others like it a few hours old.
A yellow citrus fruit. The peel is often used as a garnish while the juice incorporated into the drink for a tart flavor profile (citric acid).
Stir using cracked ice until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist. #stir #straight
Adapted from David Wondrich for the debut issue of New York’s Gotham magazine.