Mixology Recipes Table of Contents Mix It Up With E&J Brandy 3 Our Brandy (VS, VSOP, XO) 4 Mixing 101 5 RECIPES The Seersucker Gentleman 6 The E&J® Proud 6 The E&J® Staycation 6 VS Appleseed 6 The Salty Stag 7 The E&J® Nutcase 7 Troubled Skies 7 The XO Honey Cloud 7 Kiwi Nation *** (favorite) 8 The Spicy Californian 8 VS Coco Coast 8 E&J® Derby 8 VS Roasted Toasted 9 VSOP Apple Cup 9 VSOP Moonlighter 9 XO Guava Cane 9 XO Chocolate How 10 The Green Feather 10 E&J® Sunsetter 10 E&J® Window’s Pie 10 Clear to Land 11 No Spritz 11 VS Southern Colada 11 E&J® Horse Race 11 The SMOOTH Pig Flew 12 American Lava 12 XO Smokehouse 12 Brandy Fashioned 12 Mix It Up With E&J Brandy When is the best time for E&J Brandy? For us, it’s that time of day when all that matters is kicking back and catching up with friends. We make our brandy the old-fashioned way - real and authentic. With a smooth taste for sipping or mixing, E&J Brandy is the perfect compliment for any occasion. Whether straight-up on a winter’s night or mixed into a favorite cocktail, our brandy is revered by fans who are real in all that they do. Brandy is a time-honored spirit that’s been around for generations. And it doesn’t get any more authentic than E&J. Our tradition in brandy dates back to 1938, when we introduced our first distilled spirit from wine grapes under the “Cream of California” label. In 1975, a modern legend was born when we created our flagship brandy, E&J VS. It has been America’s most preferred brandy ever since, favored for its smooth taste and authentic style. E&J Brandy VS First introduced in 1975, E&J VS is America’s most preferred brandy. Popular because it tastes great, mixes well and offers consistent, award-winning quality. Distilled and aged to showcase the elegance of a fine California brandy, E&J VS has flavors of sweet dried fruit, balanced beautifully with subtle notes of toasted brown spice and vanilla. E&J VS Brandy is soft and light-bodied with a crisp, clean finish. E&J Brandy VSOP E&J VSOP takes smooth to another level. We age it longer than our VS Brandy, giving it a lush, layered texture. Produced in the style of fine European brandies, it’s America’s favorite VSOP Brandy because we blend it specifically for richness and full flavor, which has earned several best of show awards at some of the most prestigious spirits competitions. Our VSOP Brandy begins with a delicate bouquet of sweet and brown spice, delicious notes coaxed from its extended time aging in barrel. On the palate, inviting flavors of vanilla cream, maple and sherry linger into a satisfyingly smooth finish. E&J Brandy XO Nothing is smoother than our E&J XO Brandy; the pinnacle of fine brandy. It is the best of the best, blended from our finest brandy lots each year. We handcraft E&J XO to bring out the sweet vanilla, creamy toffee, brown sugar and soft maple characteristics of toasted oak. Hints of lavender and hibiscus entice the nose, with complementary flavors of dried pears and figs. E&J XO is lusciously smooth with a bold, complex finish; so good, it has won over critics and brandy lovers alike. MIXING 101 As any great bartender will tell you, there’s nothing more fun than mixing hand-crafted, delicious ingredients together into a well-made drink. The point is to have the right stuff and the right frame of mind, one that’s ready to chill with friends and enjoy your favorite E&J Brandy cocktails. Start things right with a standard jigger (1.5 ounces) for measuring. You’ll need a long cocktail spoon for mixing, a twopart (glass and metal) shaker set, cocktail strainer, paring knife, funnel, bottle, wine and can opener. Keep a muddler nearby for mashing or muddling fruit juices, fruit pieces, herbs and ice. For cocktails with fruit juice, put the fruit juice in the glass first, followed by any bitters and mixers. Then pour in the base brandy and any other spirits, followed by ice. Cocktails with only spirits need just a stir, however, if you want your fruit or citrus-juice cocktail to take on a lovely effervescence, give it a quick shake just before serving, and behold the bubbles. 1 The Seersucker Gentleman 2 Brandy VSOP/XO (rocks) 2 oz Blood orange liqueur 1.5 oz Bruised sage 1 leaf The E&J® Proud Brandy VSOP/XO (tini) 2 oz Raw simple 0.5 oz * Squeezed lemon wedge Apricot preserve 1 bar spoon • Light stir pour over rocks • Shake over ice and strain • Cherry Citrus raspberry hint light balsamic Dried sweet berries light acidity 3 The E&J® Staycation Brandy VS/VSOP (tall) 1.5 oz Coconut water 2 oz Raw simple 0.75 oz * Coconut rum 1 oz Basil 2 leaves • Shake and pour over ice 4 VS Appleseed Brandy VS (rocks) 1.5 oz Apple liquor 0.75 oz Sour 0.75 oz • Shake and pour over ice Tart and sweet apple with dried fruit finish Semi sweet herbal coconut brown sugar nose * Raw simple: 2 parts sugar, 1 part water. 6 5 The Salty Stag 6 Brandy VS (rocks glass salted rim) 2 oz Sweet Vermouth 0.75 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit juice 2 oz The E&J® Nutcase Brandy VSOP 2 oz Nutella infused syrup 1 oz Cream • Shake and pour over ice • Shake and pour over ice • Marshmallow spear Salty start & bitter sweet finish mixed with earthy notes Hazelnut, chocolate oak. Smores. 7 Troubled Skies Brandy VS (tall) 2 oz Muddle tarragon 1 sprig Squeezed lime wedge Ginger beer 3 oz Dark rum 1.5 oz • Shake and strain fill with ginger beer • Tarragon sprig • Candied ginger spear 8 The XO Honey Cloud Brandy XO (tini) 2 oz Muddle basil 3 leaves Honey 0.75 oz Lemon juice 0.75 oz 1 egg white • Shake and strain • Basil leaf Honey, basil forward flavor with sweet dried fruit finish. Ginger, oak, molasses, and herby finish. 7 9 Kiwi Nation *** (favorite) 10 Brandy XO (tall) 2 oz Kiwi syrup 0.75 oz Green Chartreuse 0.75 oz Sugar, lemon, and egg white (sour) Brandy VSOP (rocks) 2 oz Jalapeño slices 1/5 of the pepper Orange liqueur 0.75 oz Lime juice 0.5 oz Agave in the Raw 0.75 oz • Shake and strain over ice • Vanilla bean sugar rim • Vanilla bean spear • Shake and strain over ice • Jalapeño wheel and lime wedge Kiwi, green herbs, vanilla. 11 VS Coco Coast Brandy VS (tall) 1.5 oz Apricot preserve 1 bar spoon Coconut water 2 oz Squeeze orange 2 wedges Citrus vodka 1 oz • Shake and pour over ice • Orange wheel Coconut, citrus, vanilla. The Spicy Californian Sweet and sour with a spicy finish, accentuated with maple-like undertones. 12 E&J® Derby Brandy VS (julep/collins glass) 2.5 oz Mint 5 leaves Sugar 2 cubes Float Chambord 0.5 oz • Muddle mint with sugar • Build on ice float blackberry brandy • Mint sprig and black berry spear Brown sugar, oak, vanilla, mint, and berries. 8 13 VS Roasted Toasted 14 Brandy VS (tall/footed pint glass) 2 oz Nutella infused syrup 1 oz Hazelnut liqueur 0.75 oz Stout (beer) 3 oz Cream floater VSOP Apple Cup Brandy VSOP (tini) 2 oz Pimm’s cup 1 oz Apple juice 1.5 oz Cherry heering 0.5 oz • Shake and pour • Apple segment • Shake and pour • Fill with stout • Float cream • Pirouette garnish Fruit, spice, sweet cherry. Nutty, malt chocolate, slight coffee note. 15 VSOP Moonlighter Brandy VSOP (pilsner glass) 2 oz Belgian wheat beer (Blue Moon) 3 oz 2 orange wedges squeezed Mandarin liqueur 0.75 oz • Shake and pour • Fill with beer • Orange wheel Wheat spice citrus. 16 XO Guava Cane Brandy XO (rocks neat) 2 oz Dark Rum 1 oz Raw simple *, lemon juice, and egg white (sour) 0.75 oz • Shake and pour • Mint leaf Guava, molasses. * Raw simple: 2 parts sugar, 1 part water. 9 17 XO Chocolate How 18 Brandy XO (tini) 2 oz Prosecco 2 oz Guava puree 0.5 oz Crème de cacao 0.5 oz Light agave syrup 0.5 oz The Green Feather Brandy VSOP/XO (rocks) 2 oz Muddle 2 cucumber slices Muddle 3 cilantro sprigs Honey syrup 0.5 oz Chartreuse 0.5 oz Ginger ale 3 oz • Shake and pour • Fill with prosecco • Lemon twist • Shake and strain over ice • Fill with ginger ale • Cucumber wheel Chocolate, vanilla undertones of guava in finish. Light airy cucumber honey cilantro with herbal nose of chartreus. 19 E&J® Sunsetter Brandy VS (rocks neat) 1.5 oz Strawberry puree 1 oz White Sambuca 1 oz • Stir brandy and strawberry • Pour Sambuca down side (layered effect) • 3 coffee beans Anise, strawberry, dried fruit. 20 E&J® Window’s Pie Brandy VSOP/XO (rocks) 2 oz Apple pie moonshine 1.5 oz Cointreau 0.5 oz Apple juice 0.75 oz • Cinnamon stick • 2 marshmallows Earthy spices, cinnamon apples. 10 21 Clear to Land 22 Brandy XO (wine glass) 2 oz Sweet peppers (1/2 pepper) 2 Blackberries 2 Raspberries Sugar 2 cubes Riesling 1.5 oz Splash Lemon/lime soda No Spritz Brandy VSOP (wine glass) 2 oz Chardonnay 2 oz Passion fruit nectar 1.5 oz Chambord 0.5 oz • Shake and pour over ice • Blackberries • Muddles peppers and berries with sugar • Stir in Brandy XO • Strain fill with Riesling splash lemon/lime soda • Berries and pepper spear Fruit forward tangy sweet berries. Fruit medley with earthy peppery finish. 23 VS Southern Colada Brandy VS 2 oz Ginger liquor 0.75 oz Blue carcao 0.75 oz Coconut cream 1 oz Sage 1-2 leaves • Muddle sage • Shake and strain over ice • Vanilla bean sugar rim, edible flowers Coconut citrus, ginger, sage finish. 24 E&J® Horse Race Brandy XO (rocks) 1.5 oz Basil 2 leaves Tarragon 1 sprig Honey 0.5 oz Yuzu 0.5 oz Splash of sweet vermouth • Muddle herb • Shake and strain • Tarragon sprig Honey herb, oak and maple body. 11 25 The SMOOTH Pig Flew 26 Brandy VSOP 2 oz Bacon caramel ** Cream soda 2 oz Vanilla ice cream small scoop Candied bacon *** American Lava Brandy XO (tini) 2 oz Mescal 1 oz Grand Marnier 0.75 oz Raw simple *, lemon juice, and egg white (sour) 0.75 oz • Dress glass in caramel • Build drink on ice • Top with vanilla ice cream • Slide in candied bacon • Shake and strain • Black Hawaiian sea salt rim Tart, salt sweetened citrus. Bacon cream salted soda. * Raw simple: 2 parts sugar, 1 part water. ** Bacon Caramel: bacon fat, sugar, cream. *** Candied Bacon: bacon, cover with sugar, bake. 27 XO Smokehouse Brandy XO (rocks) 1.5 oz Smokey scotch (lagavulin/laphroig) 0.5 oz Mandarin liquor 0.5 oz Charred pineapple wedge Squeeze orange wedge • Muddle pineapple • Shake and strain over ice 28 Brandy Fashioned Brandy XO (rocks) 2 oz Fernet 0.75 oz Luxardo 0.5 oz St. Germaine 0.75 oz • Light stir over rocks • Cherry Coffee cherry sweet berry balanced roast. Smoke wood, dried citrus fruits. 12 www.ejbrandy.com Brandy, Alcohol 40% by Volume (80 proof) © 2014 E&J Distillers, Modesto, CA. All rights reserved.
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