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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 recommends Pierre Ferrand 1840. This three star brandy with loads of body is 90 proof, which helps it hold its own among the rich spice and concentrated fruit notes found in this box's cocktails.

Brice Hoffman's recommendation, Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy, is a uniquely American brandy with notes of honey, toasted oak, tobacco, dried stone fruit, and feisty spice on the mid-palate. Brice also likes their 124-proof Butchertown, but if you use a higher-proof brandy like this, make sure to adjust the amount from 2 oz down to 1.5 oz.

Brian McCullough suggests Torres 10 Brandy. Round overtones of oak are fused in close harmony with the strong spirituous aroma of venerable distillates that give character to any cocktail at a price point that's an absolute steal for such a high-quality brandy.

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: Collins glass, coupe, and 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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