By Kelly A Magyarics
Just mention the word “brandy,” and it conjures up various images, from the luxury, “bling” affiliation of Cognac and its promotion by sports stars and entertainers to the quaint image of a grandfather-type enjoying a snifter and a cigar in front of the fire. These perceptions of the venerable, grape-based spirit can be a blessing or a curse.
1½ oz. Buffalo Trace Bourbon
¾ oz. Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot Liqueur
¾ oz. Lemon juice
¾ oz. Raw sugar simple syrup
Combine ingredients in shaker with ice. Shake and strain into lowball on the rocks. Garnish with orange twist.
Recipe courtesy of The Corner Office in Denver.
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