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It’s National Orange Juice Day, and here at Strong Water, we’re (not surprisingly) celebrating in a boozy way. Everyone knows how to make a screwdriver—one part vodka to two parts orange juice—so today we’re going to share some delicious orange juice cocktails that go beyond this classic. Orange juice is pretty much a blank canvas when it comes to mixology, so get creative with it! And don’t hesitate to enjoy one with brunch—because it’s orange juice, after all.

Simon Corry
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5 minutes
Brandy Crusta

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 Ounces Cognac (Hennessy X.O)
  • 3/4 Ounce Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Ounce Orange Curaçao
  • 1/4 Ounce Maraschino Liqueur
  • 2 Dashes Angostura

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker over ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a sugar–rimmed cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with the peel of half a lemon.

If you haven’t heard of the Brandy Crusta before now you’re not alone. Invented by an Italian bartender named Joseph Santini in New Orleans during the 1850s, this cocktail was once considered a ‘calling-card cocktail’ of the state but has since faded into obscurity. The Brandy Crusta is perhaps best known for its rich, complex flavor and the traditional garnishes which accompany it.

It wasn’t the first beer brewed in America, and it certainly doesn’t represent the most adventurous side of the American craft brewing scene. But if you love craft beer today, there’s a good chance that you learned to like it first on a beer like Samuel Adams’ Boston Lager.

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