It’s time to put aside your assumptions about cognac and stop associating it only with fireside cigars and leather-bound books. Cognac can provide a fine lift for a fresh cocktail, too.

The Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern is having something of an affair with the beverage, and has a list of excellent Cognac cocktails. “The classic recipes are from the 1920s and ’30s because that’s when it became big,” says co-owner and bartender Charlie Lehmann. “A lot of them originate from New Orleans because there were a lot of French people in the American South at the time.”

One of the cocktails served here is the Brandy Crusta, which can sometimes be confused for the Sidecar. In a drink like this one, Cognac Martell VS is used. It’s young and fresh, with a lot of citrus notes, which work well with the lemon and Cointreau. Perfect for spring drinking.

Brandy Crusta Cocktail
Makes one

– 30ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
– 60ml Cognac Martell VS
– 2 bar spoons Cointreau
– 1 dash bitters

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a tall cocktail glass rimmed with sugar. Garnish with a spiral of lemon peel and serve immediately.

The Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern
60 Park Street, Sydney

Mon-Sat 4pm-12am
Sun 4pm-10pm