East India Cocktail
- 3 oz. brandy
- 1/2 oz. raspberry syrup
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 1 tsp. orange Curacao (Cointrea)
- 1 tsp. maraschino liqueur
from Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails by Ted “Dr. Cocktail” Haigh.
We might just have to file this one under “Seemed like a good idea at the time”. The problem is that Brandy, while better than vodka, just doesn’t add a great deal of complexity. The Maraschino liqueur, raspberry syrup and Cointreau all make the drink a little fruity and a lot sweet (think cloying hummingbird food). By the time you get to the bitters, its just too much to ask of a few dashes. I suspect there are a number of people who will like this drink, but if you are into great cocktails, this probably won’t pass muster.