Brandy Cobbler Cocktail Drink

Brandy Cobbler

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Want a special cocktail? Look no further than this Brandy Cobbler recipe! It’s delicious, made with fresh goodies, and you can make it quickly.

Brandy Cobbler Recipe

Try out this uncomplicated Brandy Cobbler recipe! The mix of brandy, sugar, and fruits makes it an irresistible cocktail.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

187 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Brandy
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 3 slices of orange
  • 1 maraschino cherries
  • 1 maraschino cherries, for garnish
  • Crushed ice

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Muddler

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Stir some ice cubes into the old fashioned glass to chill.
  • Muddle Fruit: Muddle 3 slices of orange and 1 maraschino cherries in your shaker.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Add ½ oz simple syrup to the mix.
  • Add Brandy: Pour in 2 oz Brandy.
  • Add Ice: Ice up your shaker.
  • Shake: Shake well until all ingredients are combined.
  • Prep Glass: Discard the ice from your old fashioned glass.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into the Old Fashioned glass.
  • Add Ice: Fill your old fashioned glass with crushed ice.
  • Garnish: Top with a second maraschino cherry for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Brandy: Bourbon makes a good substitute if you don't have brandy on hand. It changes the flavor profile slightly but still delivers a delicious cocktail.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by combining equal parts sugar and water and heating until the sugar dissolves. Alternatively, use honey or agave nectar for a different sweetness profile.
  • Maraschino Cherries: Fresh cherries can be used if maraschino cherries aren't available. Just remember to remove the pits!

Making a Pitcher of Brandy Cobbler:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of brandy, 4 oz of simple syrup, 24 orange slices, and 16 maraschino cherries.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, muddle the orange slices and cherries. Add the brandy and simple syrup, then stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into individual Old Fashioned glasses filled with crushed ice, garnish with a cherry, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Brandy Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic brandy substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic the brandy's flavor.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular brandy, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your syrup is made with vegan-friendly sugar (some sugars are processed using bone char). Alternatively, use agave nectar as a vegan sweetener.
  • Maraschino Cherries: Some brands of maraschino cherries use artificial colors or preservatives that aren't vegan-friendly. Look for organic or natural brands that don't use these ingredients.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
187
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.03
g
0
%
Sodium
 
9
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
15
g
5
%
Fiber
 
0.3
g
1
%
Sugar
 
15
g
17
%
Potassium
 
18
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.04
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
11
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
8
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Brandy Cobbler Cocktail Drink

Brandy Cobbler Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Try out this uncomplicated Brandy Cobbler recipe! The mix of brandy, sugar, and fruits makes it an irresistible cocktail.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 187

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Brandy
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 3 slices of orange
  • 1 maraschino cherries
  • 1 maraschino cherries - for garnish
  • Crushed ice

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Muddler

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Stir some ice cubes into the old fashioned glass to chill.
  • Muddle Fruit: Muddle 3 slices of orange and 1 maraschino cherries in your shaker.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Add ½ oz simple syrup to the mix.
  • Add Brandy: Pour in 2 oz Brandy.
  • Add Ice: Ice up your shaker.
  • Shake: Shake well until all ingredients are combined.
  • Prep Glass: Discard the ice from your old fashioned glass.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into the Old Fashioned glass.
  • Add Ice: Fill your old fashioned glass with crushed ice.
  • Garnish: Top with a second maraschino cherry for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Brandy: Bourbon makes a good substitute if you don't have brandy on hand. It changes the flavor profile slightly but still delivers a delicious cocktail.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by combining equal parts sugar and water and heating until the sugar dissolves. Alternatively, use honey or agave nectar for a different sweetness profile.
  • Maraschino Cherries: Fresh cherries can be used if maraschino cherries aren't available. Just remember to remove the pits!

Making a Pitcher of Brandy Cobbler:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of brandy, 4 oz of simple syrup, 24 orange slices, and 16 maraschino cherries.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, muddle the orange slices and cherries. Add the brandy and simple syrup, then stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into individual Old Fashioned glasses filled with crushed ice, garnish with a cherry, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Brandy Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic brandy substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic the brandy's flavor.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular brandy, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your syrup is made with vegan-friendly sugar (some sugars are processed using bone char). Alternatively, use agave nectar as a vegan sweetener.
  • Maraschino Cherries: Some brands of maraschino cherries use artificial colors or preservatives that aren't vegan-friendly. Look for organic or natural brands that don't use these ingredients.

What is a Brandy Cobbler?

A Brandy Cobbler is a refreshing, fruit-based cocktail of brandy, simple syrup, and fruits. Despite its sophisticated taste profile, it’s easy to make. The process involves muddling the fruit with sugar or simple syrup before adding the brandy and shaking everything together.

The Brandy Cobbler is one of what became a family of drinks famous in the 19th century. Starting from the sherry cobbler, this category of cocktail takes its name from the small cobbles of ice used at the time.

A side shot of a Brandy Cobbler cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a cork coaster placed on multicolor tray

What is a Brandy Cobbler made of – The ingredients

These are the ingredients you need to create a Brandy Cobbler:

  • Brandy: The main alcoholic component of the cocktail, providing a rich, warming base.
  • Simple Syrup: Adds sweetness to balance the strong flavor of the brandy.
  • Orange Slice: Used for garnishing and adds a hint of citrusy freshness.
  • Maraschino Cherry: A sweet garnish that complements the brandy’s depth.
  • Crushed Ice: Chills the drink, dilutes the strong flavors slightly and gives it a refreshing quality.

Brandy, simple syrup, orange, and maraschino cherries laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Brandy Cobbler?

Our guide makes it easy for you to prepare a Brandy Cobbler at home:

1
<p>Start by chilling your old fashioned glass.</p>

Start by chilling your old fashioned glass.

2
<p>Muddle 3 slices of orange and 1 maraschino cherries in a shaker.</p>

Muddle 3 slices of orange and 1 maraschino cherries in a shaker.

3
<p>Measure and pour ½ ounce of simple syrup into the shaker.</p>

Measure and pour ½ ounce of simple syrup into the shaker.

4
<p>Add 2 ounces of brandy to the mix.</p>

Add 2 ounces of brandy to the mix.

5
<p>Ice up the shaker.</p>

Ice up the shaker.

6
<p>Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.</p>

Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.

7
<p>Discard the ice from your old fashioned glass.</p>

Discard the ice from your old fashioned glass.

8
<p>Strain your drink into the chilled old fashioned.</p>

Strain your drink into the chilled old fashioned.

9
<p>Fill your old fashioned with crushed ice.</p>

Fill your old fashioned with crushed ice.

10
<p>Add a straw, garnish with a maraschino cherry and serve immediately.</p>

Add a straw, garnish with a maraschino cherry and serve immediately.

History and Origin

The Brandy Cobbler cocktail has a story that goes back to the 19th century. It’s as enjoyable as the drink itself.

People in America started mixing spirits with other ingredients in the early 1800s. This was when cocktails first came into being. The Brandy Cobbler was one of these new drinks and quickly became a favorite. It was one of the first cocktails to use ice, a luxury.

“Cobbler” is an English word for a shoemaker. But why would you name a drink after a shoemaker? The answer is in the crushed or ‘cobbled’ ice used in the drink. The tiny bits of ice looked like cobblestones, so they called it “Cobbler.”

The first time we see the Cobbler in writing is in the diary of Katherine Jane Ellice from 1838. But it probably existed before this book came out. The cocktail became very popular all over America and even made its way to Europe.

Cobblers are often linked with the invention of the drinking straw. The need for a more convenient and pleasant way to drink from a glass filled with crushed ice led to the common use of straws, with cobblers cocktails playing a role in popularizing their use.

A Brandy Cobbler cocktail, shot from above, in an old fashioned glass on a beige surface surrounded by Brandy, simple syrup, orange, sugar cubes, and maraschino cherries

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FAQ

How many calories does a Brandy Cobbler contain?
A standard serving of Brandy Cobbler contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the brandy used and the amount of sugar added.
How strong is a Brandy Cobbler cocktail?
The strength of a Brandy Cobbler can vary based on the ratio of alcohol to other ingredients. Typically, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 20-25%, translating to 40-50 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Brandy Cobbler?
As the name suggests, a Brandy Cobbler uses brandy as its primary alcoholic ingredient. The choice of brandy can significantly influence the flavor profile of the cocktail.
In what type of glass is a Brandy Cobbler typically served?
Traditionally, a Brandy Cobbler is served in an Old Fashioned glass or short tumbler. The wide brim allows for the drink's aroma to be appreciated fully.
What does a Brandy Cobbler taste like?
A Brandy Cobbler offers a delightful balance of flavors. The brandy provides warmth and depth, while the sugar and fruit add sweetness and tartness. It's often described as refreshing with a fruity undertone.
What is the typical ratio of ingredients in a Brandy Cobbler?
The typical ratio for a Brandy Cobbler is two parts brandy to half part simple syrup, with some orange slices and cherries. However, personal preference can dictate adjustments to this ratio.
How is a Brandy Cobbler served in terms of ice and presentation?
A Brandy Cobbler is usually served with crushed ice, which helps dilute the brandy's strong flavor and keep the drink chilled. It's often garnished with fresh fruit to enhance its visual appeal.
What is the history of the Brandy Cobbler?
The Brandy Cobbler dates back to the 19th century and was particularly popular in America. Its name comes from the cobblestone-like appearance of the crushed ice served over.
Can I make a Brandy Cobbler at home?
Absolutely! Making a Brandy Cobbler at home is relatively straightforward. You only need brandy, simple syrup, fruit, and crushed ice. Shake the ingredients, strain, add crushed ice, and enjoy!

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