1 1⁄2 oz Brandy
3⁄4 oz Dry vermouth
1⁄2 t Simple syrup

Stir, strain, cocktail glass, cherry (historical) or lemon peel garnish


Original version is equal parts brandy and vermouth.


Was the house cocktail at the Metropole Hotel in NY

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pre 1900
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unknown authenticity
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I tried this without the simple (sweetness without flavor just isn't that appealing) and it was a little flat. I added a bar spoon each of Benedictine and Luxardo maraschino liqueur, and liked it a lot more. I used Dandelion and Burdock bitters instead of Peychaud's and orange, and garnished with an orange twist instead of lemon or a cherry.

This is like a Black Feather with simple syrup and orange bitters replacing the triple sec. Seems to me like SS and OB might be an acceptable replacement for triple sec any time.