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 Classic Cocktail Recipes

8 drinks


  • 1 cup water

  • 2/3 cups sugar

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup Cointreau

  • 1 cup brandy or cognac

  • Ice

  • Sugar for coating martini glasses


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar and bring to a boil. Cook over moderate heat, stirring just until the sugar dissolves. Let cool.

  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add 1/4 cup of the syrup, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup Cointreau and 1/2 cup brandy. Shake vigorously until quite cold and strain into 4 frozen, sugar-rimmed martini glass. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 4 more drinks.

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