Give yourself the presidential treatment and enjoy White House V.S.O.P. Brandy, a premier cognac that has all the panache of a traditional French-style brandy combined with the boldness of an old-school American whiskey straight out of Tennessee. Unlike American Congress, this brandy plays well with others in a variety of cocktails and for this price you don’t have to feel guilty about mixing it with your favorite bitters.
Freely combine White House V.S.O.P. brandy with juices, sours, and garnishes in drinks like the Sidecar, the Metropolitan, and the cherished Brandy Crusta — a classic drink that has been making a revival of sorts in the city of London in recent months. To enjoy the Brandy Crusta, use its original recipe from 1862: combine 60ml of White House V.S.O.P. brandy, 15ml triple sec, 10ml lemon juice, a dash of Maraschino liqueur, a dash of bitters, shake with ice and serve in a chilled cocktail glass, rimmed with lemon juice and sugar and garnished with curl of lemon.
Everyone knows the Sidecar, but the Metropolitan is another fun way to enjoy this spirit in a cocktail. Like most brandy cocktails the recipe is a century old but simple to make and always provides the host with a distinguished presentation. To make this recipe, fill a mixing glass with ice and stir in 45ml White House V.S.O.P. brandy, 30ml sweet vermouth, and a dash of bitters. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve. No garnish necessary, but a marinated Maraschino cherry or a paper-thin slice of lime would be a nice finish to this traditional drink.
When you’re thinking about mixing up a cocktail with brandy, always keep White House V.S.O.P. Brandy at the top of your list. Dollar for dollar, you cannot beat its versatility and its smooth flavor.