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To Have on Hand for Brandy, She's So Fine

Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle of brandy now? Each of this month's featured bartenders has a recommendation for you! Any of them will work well for all three recipes found in this box , depending on your preference:

Cognac's wide spectrum of fruit, floral, nut, and spice notes make it a versatile mixing spirit that can handle an array of applications. That's why Kellie Thorn of Empire State South in Atlanta recommends Pierre Ferrand 1840. This three star brandy with loads of body has a higher proof, which helps it hold its own among the rich spice and concentrated fruit notes found in this box's cocktails.

Brice Hoffman of Nashville's Urban Cowboy Public House recommends Copper & Kings Immature Brandy. This immature brandy will brighten up the cocktails and add more tropical fruit elements to them. It works particularly well for Brice's cocktail, where it acts almost as a pisco, but also has a similar effect on the other drinks (especially great if you'd prefer something lighter than the traditional aged brandy).

Brian McCullough of The Standard Pour in Dallas suggests Metaxa 7 Stars and says that he loves it for several reasons: It's an underutilized spirit with great layers of flavor and amazing complexity. (Please note that this liqueur is on the sweeter side compared to other brandies.) It can be enjoyed in various applications—a toddy, a smash, or a sidecar, just to name a few. It is also, however, excellent just by itself. So many ways to enjoy!

For a traditional cognac that's widely available, try Courvoisier VS —a rich, oaky cognac that's well balanced and available almost anywhere.

Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you will need 24 oz of brandy; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet.

Or you can do like some of our other subscribers and try more than one recommended bottle. That way you can taste all of the cocktails each way, and still have brandy left over to add to your home bar!

Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/2, 3/4, 1, and 2 oz, as well as a shaker, strainer, fine mesh strainer, bar spoon, citrus reamer or juicer, and something to boil water in. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.

Recommended glassware: Coupe, Collins, Irish Coffee Mug

Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you will need about 3 pounds of ice (3 ice trays’ worth).

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