Brandy Crusta

Originally emerging in the 1850s in the French Quarter, New Orleans, by one Joseph Santini at a bar called Jewel of the South, this was arguably the first cocktail to use citrus, thereby arguably creating a new category of drinks: sours. In turn, it can be said to be the grandfather of the Sidecar. Some cocktail historians spell his name Santina but being Italian I’m sure there would be an ‘i’ at the end.



  • 50ml Cognac VSOP
  • 10ml Orange Curaҫao
  • 2 dashes Maraschino Liqueur
  • 2 dashes Boker’s bitter
  • 10ml fresh lemon juice


Prepare the glass by crusting the rim of a small goblet with fine castor sugar: moisten the rim with lemon juice and dip it into a saucer filled with castor sugar. Pour all the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake then strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a large spiral of lemon inside the rim of the glass.