The 12 Best Brandy Cocktails

By Timo Torner / Last updated on May 7, 2023

Ordering a Brandy cocktail may not sound too exciting at first. But when you think about all the beautiful liqueurs and spirits that fall into that category, most certainly, you will change your mind.
Brandy Cocktails

When you think about mixed drinks, Brandy cocktails might not be the first thing that comes to mind. That's mainly because the term is somewhat unclear and vague. 

Yet, once you realize that a premium spirit like Cognac is a type of Brandy, you will find that Brandy Cocktails can actually be pretty delicious and even elegant.

Best Brandy cocktails to try

There are plenty of good and classic Brandy cocktail recipes out there. Our selection below is limited to our 12 favorites. 

Brandy Alexander Cocktail

1. Brandy Alexander

This boozy dessert drink is one of the most famous Brandy cocktails. A simple mix of white creme de cacao, heavy cream, and Cognac will create a delicious creamy drink.

Brandy Alexander Recipe

Brandy Old Fashioned

2. Brandy Old Fashioned

The Brandy Old Fashioned is a brilliant twist on the classic Old Fashioned Recipe. All you need is a good Brandy, sugar, Angostura bitters, and some lemon-lime soda. 

Brandy Crusta

3. Brandy Crusta Cocktail

The Brandy Crusta is a gorgeous drink and one of the most special Brandy cocktails out there. 

The beautiful mix of Maraschino Liqueur, Brandy, Curaçao, and Angostura bitters make it a real crowd-pleaser.

Brandy Crusta Recipe


4. Sazerac

The Sazerac is a classic vintage boozy cocktail recipe that is more for experienced drinkers:

A solid mix of Brandy, Whiskey, Absinthe, and Peychaud's bitters topped off with a bit of sugar.

Sazerac Recipe

Vieux Carré cocktail

5. Vieux Carré

The Vieux Carré is another intense and traditional cocktail classic based on Brandy. 

Originating from the French Quarter in New Orleans, this cocktail contains Cognac, Rye Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, D.O.M. Bénédictine, and cocktail bitters.

Vieux Carre Recipe

Pisco Sour

6. Pisco Sour

I love a good Pisco Sour. And honestly, the best ones I had were in South America.

Saying this, it's not too hard to make the drink at home. All you need is a good Pisco, lemon juice, syrup, egg white, and some Angostura bitters.

Pisco Sour Recipe

Brandy Metropolitan

7. Metropolitan

This one is very close to a classic Manhattan cocktail. It is easy to make, and the number of ingredients is small: Brandy mixed with Sweet Vermouth, sugar, and some cocktail bitters. That's it.


8. Sidecar

Typically made with Cognac, a Sidecar cocktail also works with other types of Brandy. The combination of Cognac, lemon juice, and Cointreau is citrusy and complex. 

It beautifully balances the sourness with sweet notes, creating a very intense, dry, and rich cocktail.

Sidecar Recipe

Porto Flip Brandy Cocktail

9. Porto Flip

This Flip Cocktail is a rich combination of Cognac, sweet Tawny port wine, a dash of Simple syrup, and one whole organic egg.

There are not many cocktails that include the yolk as well as the egg white. So this is quite an extraordinary drinking experience. - It works perfectly, though.

Porto Flip Recipe

Suffering Bastard Brandy Cocktail

10. Suffering Bastard Cocktail

A Brandy cocktail created to cure the Hangover of soldiers. It is a spicy mix of Cognac, Dry Gin, lime cordial, Fresh lime juice, Angostura bitters, and a healthy portion of Ginger beer.

Suffering Bastard Recipe

French Connection Brandy Cocktail

11. French Connection Cocktail

This drink was named after the famous 1970s movie with the same title: French Connection. It is a simple yet brilliant and complex mix of Cognac and Amaretto. 

French Connection Recipe

Between the Sheets Brandy Cocktail

12. Between the Sheets Cocktail

This blend is a riff on the classic Sidecar Cocktail. Instead of the 1.5oz Cognac, you make a split base of equal amounts of unaged Rum and Cognac.

Between the Sheets Recipe

Also, if you want to get an overview of all our recipes for cocktails made with Brandy, click here:

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