Sometimes the home bartender has to substitute, and even compromise, to make a first pass at a cocktail. That’s what I did here, substituting a half-and-half mix of cognac and cheap apple pucker for apple brandy. It’s not the same, but gives you a feel for the cocktail idea.
This recipe is still a little strong on the Chartreuse for me, but the drink is certainly passable. I’m seeing similar comments on other blogs, and they do recommend against a straight substitution of pucker for the brandy. Maybe I’ll try to find a small bottle of Calvados and make this for real.
- 1 1/2 oz rye
- 1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
- 1/2 oz brandy / cognac
- 1/2 oz Apple Pucker
- Luxardo cherry garnish
Shake on ice and strain into cocktail glass, add cherry.