Brandy’s growing popularity in craft cocktails can no longer be dismissed as a fad. It has been happening for years, which has given bartenders the chance to realize that France isn’t the only country producing world-class brandy.
Some of New York’s best bartenders have become particularly enamored with Torres brandy, a Spanish spirit made right outside Barcelona. The way the family-owned winery handles its grapes and ages its brandy has inspired admiration, and a lot of loyal drinkers, with those who know their brandy.
Vuelo de la Selva by Ivy Mix
Vuelo de la Selva translates to “Flight from the Jungle.” That’s appropriate, because Ivy Mix’s lush and refreshing brandy cocktail will put you in a tropical state of mind, whether you’re sipping it in her bar Leyenda during Brandy Week or enjoying one at home.
Riot Act by Jillian Vose
Part of what makes The Dead Rabbit’s Jillian Vose such a great bartender is her ability to incorporate house-made specialty ingredients into her signature cocktails. The Riot Act cocktail is an excellent example. A grilled-pineapple-infused genever and brown rice syrup make this recipe as singular as the Spanish brandy serving as its base spirit.
Barcelona’s Painkiller by Johnny Livanos
The Painkiller is already a twist on the classic Piña Colada. But Johnny Livanos of Ousia couldn’t resist taking it one step further by replacing rum with Torres 15. This recipe is all the proof you need that Spanish brandy belongs in Tiki drinks—or pretty much any style of cocktail.