This is a great old, classic cocktail. It is the perfect improvement on the first cocktails that were simply booze (often Brandy), sugar, and bitters with water. I'm constantly asking bartenders to stop tinkering with old recipes but in this case it's a pure smash. The classic Old Fashioned follows this pattern and until the Brandy Crusta there was no need for anything else. This drink is said to have been invented in New Orleans in the 1840s and then found in iconic drinks manuals decades later.
2 oz. Brandy (I like Armagnac)
1/2 oz. Orange Liqueur
1/2 oz. Maraschino
3/4 oz. lemon juice
2 dashes of bitters
This is another cocktail in need of no ocassion or season as it warms you in the winter and cools you in the summer. It's always a good day for a Brandy Crusta.
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with cracked ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a lemon peel.
Many variations abound with the type of Brandy and the brand of Orange Liqueur being at the heart of it. Some bicker over the addition of simple syrup but that's a silly argument. If you want more sweetness then please add simple syrup.