Improved Brandy Cocktail

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Appears in
The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book

By Downton Abbey

Published 2019

  • About

In the late 1800s, absinthe started showing up in many drinks, including in old ones billed as improved versions. The spirit’s long list of botanicals usually includes anise, which gives it a sensation of sweetness that helps round out cocktails without the addition of sugar.


  • 2 fl oz (60 ml) Cognac
  • 2 dashes Boker’s or


Combine the Cognac, bitters, maraschino liqueur, gum syrup, and absinthe in a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until well chilled, 20–30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Express the lemon zest over the drink and drop it into the glass.