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.