Photo: Claire Lower
I am to quote my favorite show, the tiredest I’ve ever been in my life. There’s no real reason for this other than the fact that I have incredibly active, tangled dreams every night, which isn’t entirely relaxing. I feel dull and sluggish and am not inclined to shake or stir a single drink.
I still want to have a drink, but I don’t have the energy to “get dressed” and “go to a bar”. Fortunately for me and everyone else who is similarly tired for no real reason, there are plenty of delicious drinks that can be built right into the cocktail glass, including the chic and sophisticated B&B (brandy and Benedictine).
It’s really a two-ingredient cocktail, but he gets away with it because both ingredients are so fragrant. While it’s supposed to be made with “nice” brandy, I’m happy to report that a $ 9 bottle gets along just fine. (This is thanks to the Benedictine, which is a unique, extremely spicy and herbaceous spirit for which there is no substitute).
If you happen to have a “nice” brandy, this cocktail is worth trying at room temperature, but it’s pretty tasty on ice. (It’s especially fun when the ice cream comes in a large cube; I love the “clinking” sound it makes when you swirl it around.) To make this excellent drink, you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 ounces Benedictine
- 1 1/2 ounces of brandy
- 1 strip of lemon peel
Put both liquids in a snifter and stir. Add ice if you tend to. Squeeze the oils from the lemon strip into the drink, then rub the peel around the edge of the Snifter before adding it. The B&B is particularly suitable for after-dinner drinks, ideally leather armchairs while sitting in the library.
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