Brandy Cocktails To Keep Christmas Spirits Up

This Christmas, Bardinet has collaborated with renowned French bartender, Arnaud Volte, a 2019 World Class Bartender of the Year GB finalist, to bring a little cocktail flair to our festivities with some exclusive brandy cocktails.

Since Paul Bardinet founded the company in 1857, Bardinet House has been producing French brandy to sell across the world. Now reaching five continents, the brand produces 80 million bottles per year.

Arnaud is a brandy enthusiast and thinks it’s a great festive drink due to its versatility, but it’s often overlooked. To re-invigorate our love of brandy cocktails, from pre-dinner spritzes to warming spiced serves, the London Edition Hotel’s mixologist reveals his festive favourites

Pomme Canelle Spritz
Brandy Cocktails - Pomme Canelle Spritz

Apple and cinnamon are festive flavours that match really well with the vanilla and dry fruits notes of Bardinet brandy.

  • 35ml Bardinet brandy
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 15ml cinnamon syrup*
  • 20ml clear apple juice
  • Soda water
  • *To make the cinnamon syrup:
  • 100ml water
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

In a pan, heat up the water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Cut and add the cinnamon sticks, and infuse for 10 to 15 minutes. Let it cool, strain, and store in the fridge for up to a month. Or just buy a bottle of ready-made syrup.

Producing the cocktail itself is easy; simply mix all of the ingredients in a wine glass and top with soda water. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and a cinnamon stick.

Christmas Stocking Spritz
Brandy Cocktails - Christmas Stocking Spritz

Orange liqueur tastes amazing when paired with brandy. And because it’s Christmas – champagne!

The bubbles from a brut champagne highlight the grape notes from the spirit, accentuating the fruit flavours.

  • 35ml Bardinet brandy
  • 10ml orange liqueur such as Cointreau
  • 5ml caramel syrup (such as Monin)
  • Very cold champagne

Stir the brandy, orange liqueur and syrup together for 10 seconds with some ice, and then strain into a champagne flute. Top with the champagne and you’re good to go.

Bardin&T Hot Toddy

While you can enjoy this year-round, the chillier winter months will provide the perfect weather to relax with one of these brandy cocktails. The warming and smooth take on the Hot Toddy, but with the vanilla notes of brandy, is a game-changer.

  • 35ml Bardinet brandy
  • 150ml hot dark grey tea
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 1 generous teaspoon of runny honey

The fact you need hot tea for this cocktail makes preparations a little more involved but, once you’ve got that made, the rest is as simple as it could possibly be.

Mix all of the ingredients in a mug or Irish coffee glass, and then garnish with lemon zest and a cinnamon stick. Easy.

Bardinet Bordeaux Afternoon
Brandy Cocktails - Sunny Afternoon in Bordeaux

The fruitiness of strawberry tastes delicious with the grape notes found in both Bardinet brandy and a good chardonnay wine.

These flavours are common in Bordeaux and work really well in both summer and winter, but take on a special festive feel over Christmas.

  • 35ml Bardinet brandy
  • 1 teaspoon of strawberry jam
  • 10ml chardonnay
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Soda water

Add the ingredients into a shaker, with the exception of the soda water. Shake thoroughly and strain it into a highball glass. Top with soda water and garnish with mint.

Bardinet & Ginger
Brandy and Ginger

Arguably one the simplest brandy cocktails you could imagine, but that doesn’t make it any less worthy of inclusion.

  • 50ml Bardinet Brandy
  • Ginger ale

Add the Brandy to a highball glass and top with ginger ale. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary, and enjoy.

This simple pairing is vibrant and warming – ideal for a cold winter evening!