10 Classic Brandy Cocktails You Have to Try

Show Off a Good Brandy in a Great Cocktail

Brandy is found in a number of classic cocktails, many of which have been lost to time and the pages of dusty bartending guides. A few of the best drinks have lasted through the years and remain favorites for many cocktail lovers.

These drinks are a nice introduction to mixing with brandy and are among the simplest recipes you'll find, so anyone can mix them up in just a few minutes. By keeping the recipe simple and using common bar ingredients as accents, a good brandy can shine in the...MORE drink. That is the real beauty of these brandy cocktails and why they have been so popular for so long.

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    The Classic Brandy Cocktail
    The Brandy Cocktail is a true classic and a perfect example of the 'original' cocktails. Lauri Patterson / Getty Images

    We will begin the list with the one and only Brandy Cocktail, which fits the definition of a cocktail perfectly. It mixes brandy with curacao, then finishes it off with 2 dashes of both Angostura and Peychaud's Bitters.

    You will find that this hint of orange and bitters is subtle, yet elegant and it's a perfect way to dress up any brandy.

    Recommended Brandy: St. Remy XO Brandy (80 proof, $32)

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    Brandy Daisy Cocktail
    Brandy and just a dash of rum create the base for the popular and easy Brandy Daisy cocktail. Photo Credit © S&C Design Studios

    The Brandy Daisy is very similar to the Brandy Cocktail and it represents a style of cocktail as well. The brandy version is one of the better 'daisy cocktails' and merely uses a few dashes of rum, curacao, and simple syrup with lemon and soda to bring everything together.

    This daisy is a very delicate cocktail and is ideal for some of your finer brandies and cognacs.

    Recommended Brandy: Camus Elegance VSOP Cognac (80 proof, $35)

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    Metropolitan cocktail
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    Just as gin has the Martini and whiskey has the Manhattan, brandy has the Metropolitan. This classic recipe mixes brandy with sweet vermouth and simple syrup for a simple, satisfying drink that is great before dinner.

    The addition of simple syrup adds just a hint of sweetness that brings the vermouth and brandy into balance. Take it easy and don't add too much.

    Recommended Brandy: Courvoisier VS Cognac (80 proof, $25)

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    B&B Cocktail
    Quite simply brandy and Benedictine, the B&B is an iconic cocktail and a star in the bar. Steve Allen / Stockbyte / Getty Images

    As many of these recipes show, simpler is often better and no cocktail proves this more than the B&B. You really do not need a recipe, either: it is equal parts of brandy and the herbal liqueur, Benedictine, served in a snifter.

    It is, as one reader puts it, a 'heavenly drink' and can show off the finest brandies in style.

    Recommended Brandy: Hennessy VS Cognac (80 proof, $32)

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    Sidecar cocktail
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    The Sidecar is one of those drinks that has seen many makeovers over the years and it is one that you can easily adapt to your personal taste. The recipe uses your brandy of choice (often cognac or Armagnac), orange liqueur, and lemon juice.

    You will find that the Sidecar is a fantastic brandy sour, particularly if you perfect the drink's balance for each brandy you use.

    Recommended Brandy: Martell VS Cognac (80 proof, $26)

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    Vieux Carre Cocktail - Classic New Orleans Cocktail
    A classic from New Orleans' French Quarter, the Vieux Carre is one of the best cocktails you will have. A true mixology delight!. Last Resort / Photodisc / Getty Images

    A New Orleans classic, the Vieux Carre is an interesting cocktail with layers of memorable flavors. Cognac combines with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, and (again) both Angostura and Peychaud's bitters. 

    The complexity of the Vieux Carre makes it a memorable cocktail and it is yet another drink to show off your best brandies.

    Recommended Brandy: Remy Martin VSOP Cognac (80 proof, $36)

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    Champagne Cocktail

    Champagne Cocktail
    The classic Champagne Cocktail is a simple and popular drink that adds just a few extra touches to a great Champagne. Omer Knaz / Photographer's Choice / Getty Images

    When brandy and Champagne meet inside a glass, the result is pure elegance. Not only is this a timeless drink that will forever be used for celebrations, but the fountain of bubbles from the sugar cube makes a stunning visual effect as well.

    It's a simple drink, yet the pairing of a great Champagne and a great brandy is key because there's nothing to hide behind.

    Recommended Brandy: Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac (90 proof, $45)

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    Classic Club Cocktail Recipe
    Add the flavor of the tropics to your brandy cocktail with the sweet and delicious Club Cocktail. It's a fantastic classic. Michael Blann / Stone / Getty Images

    This is a brandy cocktail with a snappy side. The brandy and maraschino are sweet and sultry which contrasts nicely with the pineapple and Peychaud's Bitters.

    The Club Cocktail is a nice change from brandy's darker side. Drinks like this also allow you to get away with brandies that are a bit more budget-friendly.

    Recommended Brandy: Korbel VSOP Brandy (80 proof, $17)

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    Corpse Reviver #1 Cocktail
    The Corpse Reviver No. 1 is an easy apple-flavored brandy 'martini' that you'll love to sip. Photo Courtesy: © S&C Design Studios

    This Corpse Reviver recipe is just one of many drinks that have taken the name since the first notation in 1871. While there is also a gin Corpse Reviver, this is a common brandy recipe that uses apple brandy along with sweet vermouth.

    It is a delightful drink and it's another good use for your favorite well brandy.

    Recommended Brandy: Paul Masson VSOP Brandy (80 proof, $14)

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    Classic Tom and Jerry Holiday Cocktail
    A holiday classic, you will find steaming mugs of Tom and Jerry throughout the Christmas season. James And James / Stockbyte / Getty Images

    We cannot skip one of the best brandy drinks of all time. The Tom & Jerry is a traditional drink served around Christmas and is typically made of brandy, dark rum, egg, simple syrup and warm milk.

    If you have an aversion to this style of drink (eggnog, anyone?), I strongly suggest giving this one a try. It may just change your mind.

    Recommended Brandy: E&J XO Brandy (80 proof, $15)