It’s unfortunate that, these days, people tend to think of cocktails as being made with gin, tequila, the whiskies and vodka. Everyone forgets about brandy. Or, if they don’t, they think of it as a drink for old men in tweed, sipping it from warmed tulips as they smoke their way through Havana’s finest. Or they think of wealthy rappers drinking cognac.
This is a shame because, brandy has much to offer at the bar. If ever there was a spirit as deserving of a renaissance as last week’s rye, this is it.