According to research from the University of Warwick, brandy is the UK’s favourite Christmas spirit – beating gin and whisky. Though Christmas has passed, it’s clear that brandy is an ideal (generally under-appreciated) spirit for the colder months at the beginning of the year. This week’s cocktail recipe – the Courvoisier espresso martini – for instance, replaces switches traditional vodka for brandy, bringing a rich sweetness perfectly paired with coffee. Moreover, the drink is incredibly easy to recreate at home.
1 part Courvoisier VSOP Cognac
½ part fresh coffee
¼ part coffee liqueur
Dark cacao (to serve)
Coffee beans (to serve)
Pour the Courvoisier VSOP Cognac, fresh coffee and coffee liqueur into a cocktail shaker and shake until well combined.
Strain the combined ingredients into a martini glass.
Garnish with three coffee beans and dust with dark cacao.
Further information on Courvoisier can be found here.