Pre-prohibition cocktails and modern twists on classics

Brandy, no. 2


    1.5oz Brandy or Applejack

    1.5oz Dry Vermouth

    Dash Orange Bitters


    Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


    Brandy, no.2 is essentially a 50/50 Martini with brandy in place of gin. The sweeter nature of brandy makes for a much less dry cocktail than the Martini. The brandy and dry vermouth really balance each other nicely, making for a light semisweet flavor that goes down smooth.


    Not a lot to say about Brandy, no.2.  I found it in The Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book (1935). There is also a recipe called Brandy that preceeds this one in the book. In case you are interested:

    • 1.5oz Brandy
    • Dash of Gin
    • Dash of Angostura Bitters

    Given the ingredients, it’s easy to see why it’s called Brandy.


    Not much of a variation, but if using applejack, Lillet pairs nicely with this one.

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