The Ray Long Cocktail, an elegant, absinthe-tinted brandy Manhattan: Cognac, sweet vermouth, absinthe, and Angostura bitters. If you want to put a spin on the original, this is the way to go.
Hair of the Dog: the Morning Glory Cocktail
Whiskey, cognac, curacao, and absinthe—the Morning Glory Cocktail, a brown-spirits brunch delight and "hangover cure."
The Olympic Cocktail
Cognac, orange juice, and Grand Marnier—the Olympic Cocktail, named for the Titanic's sister ship.
Champagne, Mistakes, and the Brut Nature Cocktail
Cognac, maraschino, bitters, and champagne: Johnny Michaels's Brut Nature Cocktail, two ways.
Another Old-Fashioned the hard way: the Conference Cocktail
The Conference Cocktail: rye, bourbon, cognac and Calvados. Add some Demerara syrup and Angostura and Xocolatl bitters, and you have a rich mouthful built on the classic Old-Fashioned model.
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 Japanese Cocktail
The Japanese Cocktail, with brandy, orgeat and bitters. The forerunner of the modern, "fancy" cocktail.
Lemonade with an Attitude: The Fog Cutter
"Trader Vic" Bergeron's lemonade for grown-ups, the Fog Cutter: rum, brandy, gin, lemon juice, orange juice, and orgeat, all with a sherry float. (I'll have mine without the float, thank you.) But wait, there's more: the Jamaican Fog Cutter!
Stiff Steadier: the Burnt Fuselage Cocktail
The Burnt Fuselage Cocktail: Cognac, Grand Marnier and French vermouth.
Bitters and Brandy—the Alabazam Cocktail
The Alabazam Cocktail: brandy, curacao, lemon, and sugar. And bitters, lots of bitters.
A taste of the Gilded Age: the Stinger
The Stinger: a simple mix of brandy and creme de menthe. A fine end to the evening.
The velvet glove — Chatham Artillery Punch
Chatham Artillery Punch: whiskey, brandy, rum, and Champagne all bundled up together. An iron fist in a velvet glove.
The Harvard Cocktail
The Harvard Cocktail: brandy, sweet vermouth, sugar, bitters and soda.
Is that your real name? The Diki-Diki Cocktail
The Diki-Diki Cocktail: Calvados, Swedish Punsch and grapefruit juice.
Punching out with the Founding Fathers
Philadelphia Fish House Punch: Jamaican rum, Cognac, peach brandy, lemon juice, sugar and soda.
The Sidecar Cocktail
The Sidecar: Cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice.