CJ Catalano’s Armagnac Crusta stays within the brandy family, calling on a blanche Armagnac rather than Cognac, but offers a subtle upgrade in the form of a violet-sugar rim.
- 1 1/2 ounces blanch Armagnac , preferably Château Arton Fine Blanche Armagnac
- 3/8 ounce orange liqueur, preferably Combie le Bleu
- 3/8 ounce maraschino liqueur, preferably Luxardo
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
Garnish: lemon horseneck
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
- Strain into a coupe with a violet-sugar rim (see Editor's Note).
- Garnish with a lemon horseneck.
Violet Sugar Rim
For the violet sugar rim, mix equal parts violet sugar and super fine sugar, then combine the mixture with edible silver glitter in a ratio of 4:1.
At Lumière, the bar team combines equal parts orange and maraschino liqueurs in order to streamline service. This allows for the two to be poured together in a simple 3/4-ounce measurement.