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    The brandy Crusta, photo © 2015 Douglas M. Ford. All rights reserved.

    An Old-Fashioned the hard way: the Brandy Crusta

    Brandy, curacao, lemon, and bitters: the Brandy Crusta is the prototype of the modern sour, and a forerunner of the Sidecar. More historic marker than living cocktail, it’s a drink that’s important to know if you take your cocktails seriously. And it tastes good. Why did it disappear?

    The Libertine cocktail, photo © 2014 Douglas M. Ford. All rights reserved.

    The Libertine

    The Libertine: rye whiskey combines with London Dry gin, Benedictine, sweet vermouth and a healthy dose of bitters in this riff on the Old-Fashioned.

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