Five Brandy Drinks to Try Right Now

Grab your cocktail kit and get ready for these new -- and classic -- brandy cocktails to try right now.
11/10/2014 02:09 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Ah, brandy: your father's favorite after-dinner sipper. While other spirits have shined during today's cocktail renaissance, this distilled wine spirit has mostly played coy, satisfied with being drunk neat from an elegant snifter. Well, this golden liquor warrants a new spotlight, like the one it it had back in the years before Prohibition. Back then, cocktails like the Sidecar and the original Sazerac held drinkers' hearts firmly in their grip.

So dust off the brandy in gramp's liquor cabinet, grab your cocktail kit and get ready for these new--and classic--brandy cocktails to try right now.

  • New to brandy? Let whiskey guide your way in this classic cocktail. Born in New Orleans, the Vieux Carré combines the two spi
    New to brandy? Let whiskey guide your way in this classic cocktail. Born in New Orleans, the Vieux Carré combines the two spirits with sweet vermouth and Bénédictine for a smooth flavor. If you’re a fan of Sazeracs or Manhattans, branch out in a brandy direction.
    Get the recipe for the Vieux Carré.
  • With only two ingredients, quality is important in this simple Washington-born cocktail. The Desmo combines cognac with balsa
    With only two ingredients, quality is important in this simple Washington-born cocktail. The Desmo combines cognac with balsamic vinegar for a spirit-forward cocktail that made Gary Regan’s best new cocktail list in 2011.
    Get the recipe for the Desmo.
  • Brandy is great at room temperature, but drinking the spirit in a warm cocktail is deeply satisfying during the colder months
    Brandy is great at room temperature, but drinking the spirit in a warm cocktail is deeply satisfying during the colder months. The Francophile includes staple fall flavors like cinnamon, Spanish wine and apple brandy.
    Get the recipe for the Francophile.
  • Named after the turn-of-the-century exotic dancer (and possible spy), this extravagant cocktail made at New York’s Employees
    Named after the turn-of-the-century exotic dancer (and possible spy), this extravagant cocktail made at New York’s Employees Only requires some prep work. Featuring chai-infused sweet vermouth along with pomegranate and cognac, the Mata Hari assassinates the idea that chai is just for mornings.
    Get the recipe for the Mata Hari.
  • Simplicity reigns sometimes, and the Stinger proves this. The second two-ingredient cocktail on your list, this sipper was fe
    Simplicity reigns sometimes, and the Stinger proves this. The second two-ingredient cocktail on your list, this sipper was featured in multiple movies during the mid-20th century. Just pair brandy with white crème de menthe for this boozy nightcap.
    Get the recipe for the Stinger.


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