I was in the mood for something different this weekend. I wanted to mix a cocktail with a spirit I don’t use much. Wandering through my local wine and spirit superstore, I came upon the Brandy/Cognac aisle. I immediately thought of Robert Hess’ creation, the Black Feather. I consulted the cocktail database I keep on my phone (yes, I know, I’m a geek) to verify the ingredients. Besides the Brandy, I scooped up a bottle of Cointreau and I was on my way. The other items necessary are Dry Vermouth, Angostura Bitters and a lemon peel. Since my go to cocktail is the Dry Martini, I always have these ingredients on hand.
The mixing of a Black Feather is straight forward and very simple. In a mixing tin, add 2 ounces of Brandy, 1 ounce of Dry Vermouth, 1/2 ounce of Cointreau and 1 dash of bitters. Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Add the lemon peel as garnish.
In lieu of my usual cocktail photo, I give you a video of the cocktail from the inventor himself:
Did you notice that he forgot to add the Cointreau to the mixing glass?
This cocktail is very smooth and tasty. I think it is a good way to introduce someone to Vermouth since it has had a bad rap in the past. I’ve enjoyed this cocktail so much I believe I’ll make myself another. Cheers !