The Classic
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The Classic
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Rating

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The Classic is a refined cocktail that embodies a harmonious blend of warmth and citrus. It is predominantly based on the rich, smooth notes of brandy, complemented by the bright, ... more The Classic is a refined cocktail that embodies a harmonious blend of warmth and citrus. It is predominantly based on the rich, smooth notes of brandy, complemented by the bright, tart profile of lemon juice. The addition of maraschino cherry liqueur imparts a subtle almond-like sweetness which, along with a hint of sugar, balances the acidity of the lemon. This sophisticated cocktail is typically served in a sugar-frosted cocktail glass, providing an elegant presentation and a slightly sweetened rim that enhances the drinking experience. As its name suggests, The Classic holds a timeless appeal, suiting those who appreciate a cocktail with depth and a smooth, harmoniously blended flavor profile.
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Brandy
Garnish
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Lemon
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27.63% | 2.62 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a The Classic

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Rub the rim of a chilled glass with the lemon wedge and then dip in sugar to frost
Put ice into a cocktail shaker and add the brandy, curaçao, maraschino and lemon juice
Shake well
Strain into the frosted glass and decorate with lemon twist before serving

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Rim  ·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of brandy is best used in The Classic cocktail?

For The Classic cocktail, using a high-quality VS or VSOP brandy is recommended. These designations indicate that the brandy has been aged for a minimum of two to four years for VS (Very Special) or four to six years for VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale), respectively. These aged brandies offer a depth of flavor that complements the other ingredients well.

GARNISHING_TIPS

How can I enhance the presentation of The Classic cocktail?

To enhance the presentation of The Classic, consider adding a twist of lemon peel along with the lemon wedge. The oils from the lemon peel add both aroma and a subtle flavor nuance. Additionally, ensure that the maraschino cherry liqueur provides a vibrant color and consider skewering a maraschino cherry as part of the garnish.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

Is there a recommended temperature for serving The Classic?

The Classic cocktail should be served cold. Achieve this by shaking the ingredients with ice before straining into a chilled cocktail glass. The cold temperature enhances the flavors and provides a refreshing experience, especially in warmer climates or seasons.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in The Classic compare to other classic cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 27.63%, The Classic falls into the mid-range category when compared to other classic cocktails. For instance, a classic martini might have an alcohol content of around 32% due to its higher proportion of gin or vodka, while a mojito may have a lower alcohol content, typically around 10-15%, given its use of rum mixed with a larger volume of non-alcoholic components. The Classic offers a balanced option for those preferring neither too strong nor too weak a cocktail.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of The Classic?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic version of The Classic by substituting the brandy with a non-alcoholic spirit or apple juice for a similar flavor profile. Instead of maraschino cherry liqueur, use a cherry syrup. Adjust the lemon juice and sugar to taste. This variation allows everyone to enjoy the essence of The Classic without the alcohol.

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