Brandy Daisy Cocktail Drink

Brandy Daisy

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Want a tasty cocktail? Try this Brandy Daisy recipe! It’s a simple yet delightful drink you can easily make at home.

Brandy Daisy Recipe

This straightforward Brandy Daisy recipe is perfect for spring! The brandy, lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda make a revitalizing drink.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

172 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Brandy
  • ½ oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ oz simple syrup
  • 1 splash soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist and cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Coupe Glass

Instructions

  • Chill your coupe glass with ice cubes.
  • Add ¼ oz simple syrup to the cocktail shaker.
  • Follow with ½ oz fresh lemon juice.
  • Measure and pour ½ oz Yellow Chartreuse.
  • Finish with 1½ oz Brandy.
  • Fill your cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake it up until well mixed.
  • Fine strain the mixture into your chilled coupe glass.
  • Add a splash of soda water.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist and cherry.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Brandy: Bourbon or whiskey can be used as a substitute if you don't have brandy. They both have a rich, warm flavor that works well in this cocktail.
  • Lemon Juice: Lime juice can be used instead of lemon juice for a slightly different citrus kick.
  • Simple Syrup: Honey or agave nectar can replace simple syrup if needed. They both add sweetness but also bring their unique flavors to the drink.
  • Yellow chartreuse: If you are out of chartreuse, use another herbal liqueur such as Drambuie, or go for an orange liqueur for a more citrusy mixture.

Making a Pitcher of Brandy Daisy:

  • To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of brandy, 4 oz of lemon juice, 4 oz of Yellow Chartreuse, and 2 oz of simple syrup.
  • Combine all these ingredients in a large pitcher with ice and stir well.
  • When ready to serve, pour the mixture into individual chilled coupe glasses, add to each one of them a splash of soda water, garnish with a lemon twist and cherry, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Brandy Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic brandy substitute; these are available and do an excellent job mimicking brandy's rich flavor.
  • Yellow Chartreuse: Use a non-alcoholic option available on the marker or an honey-anise syrup. 
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular brandy, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your syrup is made with white sugar or another vegan-friendly sweetener. Brown sugar, for example, is often not vegan as it can be processed with bone char.
  • Yellow chartreuse: Yellow chartreuse includes honey, you can opt for green chartreuse or another herbal liqueur. Make sure to check the labels to ensure no animal-derived ingredients are used.
  • Proceed As Usual: Once you've ensured all your ingredients are vegan-friendly, follow the original steps to make a delicious Brandy Daisy.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
172
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.03
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
5
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Fiber
 
0.04
g
0
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Potassium
 
20
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
2
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.3
mg
2
%

 

Brandy Daisy Cocktail Drink

Brandy Daisy Recipe

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This straightforward Brandy Daisy recipe is perfect for spring! The brandy, lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda make a revitalizing drink.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 172

Ingredients
 

  • oz Brandy
  • ½ oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ oz simple syrup
  • 1 splash soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist and cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Coupe Glass

Instructions

  • Chill your coupe glass with ice cubes.
  • Add ¼ oz simple syrup to the cocktail shaker.
  • Follow with ½ oz fresh lemon juice.
  • Measure and pour ½ oz Yellow Chartreuse.
  • Finish with 1½ oz Brandy.
  • Fill your cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake it up until well mixed.
  • Fine strain the mixture into your chilled coupe glass.
  • Add a splash of soda water.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist and cherry.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Brandy: Bourbon or whiskey can be used as a substitute if you don't have brandy. They both have a rich, warm flavor that works well in this cocktail.
  • Lemon Juice: Lime juice can be used instead of lemon juice for a slightly different citrus kick.
  • Simple Syrup: Honey or agave nectar can replace simple syrup if needed. They both add sweetness but also bring their unique flavors to the drink.
  • Yellow chartreuse: If you are out of chartreuse, use another herbal liqueur such as Drambuie, or go for an orange liqueur for a more citrusy mixture.

Making a Pitcher of Brandy Daisy:

  • To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of brandy, 4 oz of lemon juice, 4 oz of Yellow Chartreuse, and 2 oz of simple syrup.
  • Combine all these ingredients in a large pitcher with ice and stir well.
  • When ready to serve, pour the mixture into individual chilled coupe glasses, add to each one of them a splash of soda water, garnish with a lemon twist and cherry, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Brandy Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic brandy substitute; these are available and do an excellent job mimicking brandy's rich flavor.
  • Yellow Chartreuse: Use a non-alcoholic option available on the marker or an honey-anise syrup. 
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular brandy, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your syrup is made with white sugar or another vegan-friendly sweetener. Brown sugar, for example, is often not vegan as it can be processed with bone char.
  • Yellow chartreuse: Yellow chartreuse includes honey, you can opt for green chartreuse or another herbal liqueur. Make sure to check the labels to ensure no animal-derived ingredients are used.
  • Proceed As Usual: Once you've ensured all your ingredients are vegan-friendly, follow the original steps to make a delicious Brandy Daisy.

What is a Brandy Daisy?

A Brandy Daisy is a brandy-based cocktail made of brandy, lemon juice, a liqueur modifier, superfine sugar, and club soda. This drink is relatively easy to make as it only requires measuring ingredients accurately and mixing them effectively. The Brandy Daisy doesn’t directly derive from other well-known cocktails but shares similarities with various sour-type drinks due to its citrus component. An exciting aspect about this cocktail is that despite its simplicity in preparation, it offers a complex flavor profile – sweet yet tangy with an effervescent finish thanks to the club soda.

A side shot of a Brandy Daisy cocktail in a cocktail glass on a transparent plate placedd on a white table surrounded by a jigger, a soda water bottle, and a mixing glass.

What is a Brandy Daisy made of – The ingredients

To concoct a Brandy Daisy, assemble these ingredients:

  • Brandy: The base spirit of the cocktail it provides a rich, warming depth of flavor.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a tangy freshness that balances out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Simple Syrup: This sweetener smooths out the tartness of the lemon juice and enhances the brandy’s flavor.
  • Yellow Chartreuse: An optional ingredient, this herbal liqueur adds complexity and a layer of sweetness.
  • Soda Water: Gives the cocktail a fizzy lift, making it more refreshing and light.
  • Maraschino Cherry and Lemon Twist (for garnish): These make the drink visually appealing and add a hint of fruity sweetness.

Brandy, yellow Chartreuse, lemon juice, soda water, simple syrup, and two lemons laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Brandy Daisy?

Crafting a Brandy Daisy is easy when you follow our step-by-step instructions:

1
<p>Start by chilling your coupe glass, this will ensure the perfect temperature for your drink.</p>

Start by chilling your coupe glass, this will ensure the perfect temperature for your drink.

2
<p>Add a 1/4 ounce of simple syrup. This will add a touch of sweetness to your cocktail.</p>

Add a 1/4 ounce of simple syrup. This will add a touch of sweetness to your cocktail.

3
<p>Next, add 1/2 ounce of lemon juice to the shaker. Freshly squeezed lemon juice will give your Brandy Daisy a bright, tangy flavor.</p>

Next, add 1/2 ounce of lemon juice to the shaker. Freshly squeezed lemon juice will give your Brandy Daisy a bright, tangy flavor.

4
<p>Follow this with a 1/2 ounce of Yellow Chartreuse. This herbal liqueur will give complexity to the drink.</p>

Follow this with a 1/2 ounce of Yellow Chartreuse. This herbal liqueur will give complexity to the drink.

5
<p>Pour 1 1/2 ounces of brandy into the shaker. The brandy is the star of this cocktail, so choose a high-quality brand you enjoy.</p>

Pour 1 1/2 ounces of brandy into the shaker. The brandy is the star of this cocktail, so choose a high-quality brand you enjoy.

6
<p> Ice up the shaker.</p>

Ice up the shaker.

7
<p>Now, secure the lid on your shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. This will mix all the ingredients and chill the cocktail.</p>

Now, secure the lid on your shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. This will mix all the ingredients and chill the cocktail.

8
<p>After shaking, fine strain the cocktail into your chilled glass. This will remove the ice and pulp from the lemon juice, leaving you with a refreshing drink.</p>

After shaking, fine strain the cocktail into your chilled glass. This will remove the ice and pulp from the lemon juice, leaving you with a refreshing drink.

9
<p>Add a splash of soda water for an effervescent taste.</p>

Add a splash of soda water for an effervescent taste.

10
<p>Finally, garnish your Brandy Daisy with a lemon twist and a cherry. This will add a touch of elegance to your cocktail and enhance the lemon flavor.</p>

Finally, garnish your Brandy Daisy with a lemon twist and a cherry. This will add a touch of elegance to your cocktail and enhance the lemon flavor.

History and Origin of the Brandy Daisy

The Brandy Daisy cocktail, a delightful blend of brandy, lemon juice, and sugar, has a rich history that dates back to the 19th century. Its origin is as intriguing as its taste.

The first mention of the Brandy Daisy can be traced back to 1862 in Jerry Thomas’s “How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant’s Companion.” This book was one of the first-ever published cocktail guides. However, in the late 1870s, the Brandy Daisy started gaining popularity across America.

‘Daisy’ comes from the Old English word ‘does age,’ which means ‘day’s eye.’ It refers to the daisy flower that opens at dawn and closes at dusk. In the context of cocktails, ‘Daisy’ became synonymous with sweet, sour drinks and had a fizzy element – typically club soda or seltzer.

The original recipe for the Brandy Daisy included brandy, lemon juice, Curacao (a type of orange liqueur), gum syrup (a sweetener), and a small amount of soda water. Over time, bartenders began experimenting with different variations. 

Jerry Thomas included the orange cordial while Harry Jhonson gave the space to Chartreuse. With time, some replaced brandy with whiskey or gin, while others added Grenadine instead of gum syrup.

Despite these changes, the essence of the Brandy Daisy remained intact – a refreshing drink perfect for any occasion. Today, it continues to be a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts worldwide.

A Brandy Daisy cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a white marmol table surrounded by Brandy, yellow Chartreuse, lemon juice, soda water, simple syrup, and two lemons

 

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FAQ

How many calories does a Brandy Daisy contain?
A standard serving version contains approximately 200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific brand of alcohol used and the amount of sugar added.
How strong is a Brandy Daisy cocktail?
The strength of a Brandy Daisy cocktail depends on the ratio of alcohol to other ingredients. Typically, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 20%, translating to 40 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Brandy Daisy?
As the name suggests, a Brandy Daisy uses brandy as its primary alcoholic ingredient. The choice of brandy can significantly influence the flavor profile of the drink.
In what kind of glass is a Brandy Daisy served?
Traditionally, a Brandy Daisy is served in a coupe glass or a sour glass.
What does a Brandy Daisy taste like?
The cocktail offers a complex flavor profile that balances sweetness, tartness, and the warmth of brandy. The citrus notes from lemon juice provide freshness, the Yellow Chartreuse delivers an herbal note, and the sugar syrup adds sweetness to counterbalance the strong flavor of brandy.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Brandy Daisy?
The typical ratio is 1 1/2 oz Brandy, 1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse, 1/2 oz Lemon Juice and 1/4 oz Simple Syrup with a splash of soda water. This ensures a balanced flavor where no single ingredient overpowers the others.
How is a Brandy Daisy served with ice?
The drink is usually served straight up, meaning the cocktail is shaken with ice and then strained into a chilled glass.
Is there a specific time or occasion to enjoy a Brandy Daisy?
While there are no hard and fast rules, the Brandy Daisy is often enjoyed as an after-dinner drink due to its sweet and refreshing qualities. It's also a popular choice for cocktail parties.

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