Simple Brandy Cocktail Recipe

Mix up this apple brandy-and-rum cocktail at home.

Knock the dust off those bottles of apple brandy and Angostura with this bittersweet warm-up from the pros at Messhall in Los Angeles.

Don’t think of Angostura—which makes this drink pop with holiday spice—as a polarizing bitter. Yes, there’s some bite, but it also packs sweetness, herbal earthiness and mouthwatering acidity.  Barkeeps call “Ango” a cure-all, because a few dashes weirdly punch up almost any off drink, whether it’s too sweet, too dull or even too bitter.

Not Without My Bitters

½ ounce apple brandy
¼ ounce Angostura bitters
1½ ounces Bacardi Reserva Superior 8 Años
¾ ounce lemon juice
¾ ounce honey

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice, preferably a single large cube.

Published on December 3, 2014
Topics: Cocktail Recipes
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of Shake.Stir.Sip.: 40 Effortless Cocktails Made In Equal Parts (Chronicle Books, 2016) as well as ROAD SODA: Recipes and techniques for making great cocktails, anywhere (Dovetail Press, 2017). Email:

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