August 4 - Modified Brandy Scaffa
This update just has my wife’s fingerprints all over it. Not literally. Well, I mean, that’s her book so they’re probably on that, but the prints on the glass would be mine. But … look, anyway …
She asked me for something with “a little Green Chartreuse and two cherries” … nothing immediately leapt to mind, and a quick flip through my cocktail books didn’t really provide a solution, so I hit one of my favorite resources: CocktailDB.com. A few minutes later, I’d found the modified Brandy Scaffa (which I’ve never heard of before), wherein Green Chartreuse replaces Angostura Bitters and joins brandy and Maraschino liqueur. It’s quite tasty, though I modified the proportions slightly to create a drier variation of the drink.
Turns out this cocktail is probably supposed to be served pousse café, meaning in layers rather than mixed. But honestly, I don’t really love layered drinks. They’re very pretty, but they don’t actually taste as good as mixed cocktails. So … no harm, no foul!
Oh, my wife also bought me the snazzy new cocktail coupes, for which I’ve been searching for some time! They’re perfect for medium-sized drinks like this one.
- 2.5 oz. Brandy (I used Kelt VSOP Cognac)
- .4 oz. Maraschino Liqueur (Luxardo here)
- .4 oz. Green Chartreuse
Mix ingredients over ice in a pint glass and stir thoroughly to combine. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with two Luxardo maraschino cherries.
Oh, and yeah … .4 oz. is kind of annoying to measure. Just shoot for “between the 1/4 and 1/2 marks” or “a little less than 1/2” on your measuring device of choice, and you should be fine.