Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Joy Of Cooking Update: Brandy Cocktails

Posted by Trott

Judging from reading the recipes before I actually tried to make them, I predicted that the most interesting brandy cocktail would be the Nikolashka (lemon slices dredged in coffee, then sprinkled with sugar and grated chocolate, and served with Cognac).

Alas, both I and my guest taster thought that cocktail, at least as I had less-than-expertly prepared it, more or less fizzled.

For the Armored Car (Armagnac, Triple Sec, and lemon juice) I borrowed Armagnac from Mr. Underhill Lounge. He and his wife acted all wacky when I took a picture of the Armagnac bottle. I wasn't sure that I would get their permission to post the unaltered photo, so I pixelated them out as if they were in the Witness Protection Program. (By the way, to pixelate everything but the bottle of Armagnac, I utilized the path selection technique described in You Suck At Photoshop #4.)

Turns out the most enjoyable of the brandy cocktails was the Brandy Alexander (brandy, dark creme de cacao, and heavy cream), which was tasty enough to serve at a potluck party with a few SF Indie people. It's too bad I didn't take a picture of that cocktail, as it reminded me of the liquid chocolate from the river in the original Willie Wonka movie (although a review of stills from the movie on the Internet reveal that my memory isn't so good—the two didn't look anything like each other).

Next up: liqueur and cordial cocktails.



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