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French 75

Named after a French gun used in World War I—a not-so-subtle nod to the drink's lethalness—the Champagne cocktail was made famous at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in the…

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Grand Marnier

(n.) A French brand of orange-flavored liqueur used in mixed drinks, served neat as a digestif or used as an ingredient in desserts (most famously, flambéed in Crepes Suzette). Created…

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Cognac

(n.) This grape brandy is made in the Charente region of France. The Dutch invented cognac in the 17th century after experimenting with different types of French wine as a…

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Sazerac

At first glance, this cocktail looks like a twist on the Old Fashioned with a splash of absinthe and specialty bitters, but the backstory is a bit more complicated.

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Cask

(n.) Wooden barrels, or casks, have been used for millennia to transport liquids throughout Asia and Europe, falling out of favor only relatively recently with the advent of modern packing…

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Brandy

(n.) Brandy is a spirit distilled from fermented fruit juice or fruits. Though most commonly associated with the French wine-based distillates of Cognac and Armagnac, the broad category includes Calvados…

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Brandy Smash

The original and most popular variant of the smash throughout its heyday was the Brandy Smash, traditionally a mixture of spirit, water, sugar and mint, built over crushed ice.

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Mendo Sidecar

First created during World War I, this Cognac-based cocktail traditionally had only two other ingredients: Cointreau and lemon juice. This version uses Germain-Robin XO brandy and maraschino liqueur.