Worth sniffing…

14 Apr

The Pandemic rages on – even with vaccinations – and my house-made cocktail list continues to grow as a result. Seriously, knowing how easy it is to prepare top-notch cocktails in the comfort of my home has me rethinking what I will do when I start dining in again at my favorite restaurants. And the cost! Homemade cocktails are a fraction of what you pay for bartender-made drinks.

For starters, you need the right equipment – a large cocktail shaker and a jigger and/or a versatile mini-measuring cup. The latter has allowed me to halve drink recipes I seek to master. And my liquor cabinet is now quite full – so full that I can tackle almost any cocktail I desire – like a Brandy Alexander. I found it in one of my oldie but goodie volumes of the Better Homes and Gardens Encyclopedia of Cooking (1970), Volume 2, Barbecue to Brisling Sardine. It’s surely an old-time drink but boy does it go down smooth as silk – with just three simple ingredients. This makes a great dessert or after dinner drink.

Brandy Alexander

Combine 1 ounce crème de cacao, 1 tablespoon whipping cream, 1 ounce brandy, and 3 or 4 ice cubes in cocktail shaker or screw-top jar. Shake; strain into 4-ounce glass.

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