Peninsular War
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Peninsular War
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Rating

4 / 5
The Peninsular War cocktail is a spirited concoction that blends the boldness of cognac with the sweet aromatic profile of vanilla liqueur, while cranberry juice adds a tart fruitiness complemented ... more The Peninsular War cocktail is a spirited concoction that blends the boldness of cognac with the sweet aromatic profile of vanilla liqueur, while cranberry juice adds a tart fruitiness complemented by a zesty hint of lemon. Served in a whisky glass, it presents a harmonious fusion of flavors that likely pays homage to the sophistication of classic cocktails with a contemporary twist. The name itself might evoke historical connections to the military conflict in the Iberian Peninsula, suggesting a blend of cultural influences, much like the diverse ingredients within the drink.
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22% | 3.3 units *

Whisky glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Peninsular War cocktail masterfully balances the warmth of cognac with the sweet, aromatic flair of vanilla liqueur, creating an inviting base for this rich drink. The cranberry juice introduces a delightful tanginess that cuts through the sweetness, while the bright squeeze of lemon ties all the flavors together with a zesty finish, making for a cocktail that's both robust and refreshing.

Method
How to make a Peninsular War

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice
Shake well then strain into ice-filled old fashioned glass and serve

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FAQ's

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What is the best occasion to serve the Peninsular War cocktail?

The Peninsular War cocktail, with its rich blend of cognac, vanilla liqueur, and citrus, is perfect for evening gatherings or special occasions. Its sophisticated flavor profile makes it a great choice for dinner parties, celebrations, or as an elegant after-dinner drink.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another juice for cranberry juice in the Peninsular War cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute another juice for cranberry juice, though it will alter the flavor profile. Pomegranate juice is a good alternative that maintains the cocktail's fruity and slightly tart character. Keep in mind, the overall taste and appearance of the cocktail will change accordingly.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of cognac is best used in the Peninsular War cocktail?

For the Peninsular War cocktail, a VS (Very Special) or VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) cognac is ideal. These types offer a good balance of flavor and smoothness without overpowering the other ingredients. However, the choice of cognac can be adjusted based on personal preference or budget.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Peninsular War cocktail?

Yes, to create a non-alcoholic version of the Peninsular War, substitute the cognac and vanilla liqueur with non-alcoholic alternatives or use a mix of vanilla extract and additional cranberry juice or a non-alcoholic spirit that mimics cognac. Adjust the quantities to taste, keeping in mind the balance of flavors.

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How does the inclusion of lemon affect the Peninsular War cocktail?

The inclusion of lemon in the Peninsular War cocktail adds a necessary acidity and freshness that balances the sweetness of the cranberry juice and vanilla liqueur. It contrasts and enhances the deep flavors of the cognac, creating a more complex and rounded drinking experience.

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