The Brandy Crusta is frequently overshadowed by its more popular cousin, the Sidecar. While the Brandy Crusta was first on the scene, the Sidecar is the much more famous cocktail. Both cocktails use nearly the same ingredients, but have quite different flavour profiles, making them an interesting study.
The Brandy Crusta contains a higher proportion of the base spirit than does the sidecar, and it is a good showcase for the taste of brandy. There's less lemon juice in the Crusta, and the sweetener is split between maraschino liqueur, triple sec, and simple syrup, rather than just the latter two in the Sidecar. The Crusta is therefore a little bit sweeter and mellow.
The original Brandy Crusta recipe also calls for a sugared rim, (hence the name) as well as an elaborate lemon garnish, but we've replaced both with a simple lemon twist.
What you need
- 1.75 oz. brandy
- 0.25 oz. maraschino liqueur
- 0.25 oz. triple sec
- 0.5 oz. lemon juice
- 0.25 oz. simple syrup
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
How it's made
Shake all ingredients with ice and double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with the lemon twist.