Despite dating back to 1862 and being credited to the legendary bartender, Jerry Thomas, the Japanese cocktail isn’t one you’ll see on a menu at many cocktail bars. This simple combination of Cognac, orgeat (almond syrup), and bitters is on the sweeter end of the spectrum, but still offers some complexity.
The Brandy Alexander – a classic dessert cocktail with a reputation that even includes a history of popularity among a few of The Beatles. (I’d have never known that if it weren’t for reading the back story in Robert Simonson’s book, 3-Ingredient Cocktails. Regardless, with the right Cognac and crème de cacao, it’s the perfect dessert cocktail that isn’t overbearingly sweet.