Brandy Crusta

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The Brandy Crusta is a Cocktail which consists of Brandy, Curacao, Sugar, Bitters, and Fresh Lemon Juice.



"Trader Vic’ Bartender’s Guide," by Victor Jules Bergeron (1947)

"A Crusta is a particular little breed of drink which seems to require two things to make it legitimate: a frosted wine glass and the entire peel of a lemon or orange fitted into the glass."

Historical Recipes

Jerry Thomas (1862)

  • Take 3 or 4 dashes of gum syrup (Sugar Syrup)
  • 1 dash of Boker's bitters.
  • 1 wine-glass of Brandy (Cognac)
  • 2 dashes of Curacoa. (Curacao)
  • 1 dash Lemon Juice.

Before mixing the above ingredients, prepare a cocktail glass as follows: Rub a sliced lemon around the rim of the glass, and dip it in pulverized white sugar, so that the sugar will adhere to the edge of the glass. Pare half a lemon the same as you would an apple (all in one piece) so that the paring will fit in the wine-glass, as shown in the cut. Put the above ingredients into a small whiskey glass filled one-third full of shaved ice, shake up well and strain the liquid into the cocktail glass prepared as above directed.

"The Savoy Cocktail Book," by Harry Craddock (1930)

"Use small wine glass. Moisten the edge with lemon and dip edge into castor sugar to frost the glass. Cut the rind of half a lemon spiral fashion; place in glass. Fill glass with cracked ice.

  • 3 dashes Marschino.
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters.
  • 4 dashes Lemon juice.
  • 1/4 Curacao.
  • 3/4 Brandy

Stir well and strain into pre-prepared glass, adding slice of Orange.

"Old Warldorf Bar Days," by Albert Stevens Crockett (1931)

  • Cup one-half small Lemon
  • Put in cocktail glass
  • Dip edge of glass in powdered sugar
  • In mixing glass put two dashes Angostura bitters
  • Four drops Lemon Juice
  • Two dashes Curacao
  • Jigger Brandy

Stir well; strain"

"Here's How - Mixed Drinks," by W C Whitfield (1941)

  • 4 dashes gum syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes lemon juice
  • 2 dashes maraschino liqueur
  • 1 jigger brandy

Now take a bright colored lemon about the size of your wine glass and peel the rind in one piece. moisten the rim of the glass with lemon and dip it into powdered sugar to give a frosted effect, then fit the lemon peel inside the glass. after shaking the ingredients with cracked ice, strain into this glass."

Other Recipes


  • Stir in mixing glass with ice & strain
  • 1 1/2 oz brandy
  • 1/4 oz maraschino liqueur
  • 1 dash aromatic bitters
  • 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz orange curacao
  • Insert 1 entire lemon rind in glass
  • Strain into prepared glass
  • Serve in a cocktail glass

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