Brandy Crusta

The Brandy Crusta is a classic cocktail with no compare.  It can also be made with gin or other spirits, but Brandy is a personal favorite.

Here’s how to make a Brandy Crusta, based on an adaptation from Jerry Thomas’ famous instructions.

Brandy Crusta Recipe

1 1/2 ounces Brandy
2 -3 dashes of  Curac0a
Tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
1 Teaspoon of Simple Syrup
Dash of bitters (Boker’s if you have it)
Lemon Peel

How to make a Brandy Crusta:

In a mixing glass or a cocktail shakre, mix the lemon juice, simple syrup, brandy and curacoa.  Stir well.  In a tumbler or cocktail glass, moisten the rim of the glass with lemon and dip in sugar. Peel a lemon  in a 3 – 5 inch strand and set the length of the peel inside the glass, along the rim, so that it lines the entire glass. Strain in the cocktail mixture, and as Jerry Thomas advises, smile.

His directions, with an illustration, are below. Enjoy!

Brandy Crusta from Jerry Thomas