Armagnac Crusta

CJ Catalano, Lumière at Fairmont Century Plaza | Los Angeles

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.


Serving: 1

  • 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

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into a coupe with a violet-sugar rim (see Editor's Note).
  3. Garnish with a lemon horseneck.
Editor's Note

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.

Tagged: armagnac, Crusta