Tuesday Treat

Italian Old Fashioned (Serves 1)

Seeing as I’m gearing up for a short break in Italy, I thought I should share this cocktail! When I mentioned this recipe to a friend recently, he asked what was Italian about it, he had a point as neither Cointreau or brandy are particularly ‘Italian’. However, I first tasted this cocktail at an Italian restaurant and they made it with Italian brandy, hence its name but you can of course make it with any brandy; the smoother the better. The classic ‘Old Fashioned’ (recipe here) is a favourite of mine but this version with brandy instead of bourbon and a good shot of Cointreau is hot on its heels…

40ml brandy

20ml Cointreau

A couple of dashes of Angostura bitters

Orange peel to garnish

Ice cubes

  1. Place the brandy, Cointreau and angostura bitters in a glass.  Hold the orange peel over the glass and squeeze it ‘to express the oils’ and then drop it into the glass, give everything a stir.
  2. Add a few ice cubes and stir again and serve.

(Due to my travels in Italy, Menu Mistress will be taking a break next week, we will be back Wednesday 5th April!…)

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