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    Authentic Cypriot Taverna Brandy Sour Cocktail

    Authentic Cypriot Taverna Brandy Sour Cocktail. Photo by Chef PotPie

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    French Tart's Note:

    These were without doubt the most popular drink that we served in the restaurant I ran in Cyprus! They are known as the National Drink of Cyprus, and are delicious as well as being very refreshing. We used to make these with the local Cypriot brandy, which is not as strong as normal French brandy or cognac and has a delectable caramel taste to it. We also used the local angostura bitters, known as "Cock Drops", which as you can imagine, brought raised eyebrows and howls of laughter from overseas guests and tourists! A little history behind the cocktail: The Cypriot Brandy Sour style was developed following the introduction of the first blended brandy made on Cyprus, by the Haggipavlu family, in the early 1930s. The cocktail was developed at the Forest Park Hotel, in the hill-resort of Plátres in the beautiful Troodos Mountain range, for the young King Farouk of Egypt, who often stayed at the hotel during his frequent visits to the island. The Brandy Sour was introduced as an alcoholic substitute for iced tea, as a way of disguising the Muslim monarch's preference for Western-style cocktails. The drink subsequently spread to other bars and hotels in the fasionable Platres area, before making its way to the coastal resorts of Limassol, Paphos and Kyrenia, and the capital Nicosia. With increasing numbers of tourists visiting the island in the last thirty years, and the large garrison of British servicemen stationed on the island, the Cypriot Brandy Sour is now known around the world. This is how we used to make them in our restaurant - a trade secet shared!!

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    Ingredients:

    Serves: 1

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    • 3 ounces brandy (2 measures (typically KEO VSOP or Haggipavlu Anglias brands)
    • 1 1/2 ounces lemon cordial, to taste (1 measure)
    • 2 -4 drops bitters (Angostura or Cypriot Cock Drops brands)
    • lemonade or soda water
    • ice

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Add the angostura bitters to a tall glass, and then pour in the brandy followed by the lemon cordial. (2 measures of brandy to 1 measure of lemon cordial is the ratio.).
    2. 2
      Stir before topping up with lemonade (for a classic, slightly sweeter drink) or soda water (for less sweetness and a more pronounced brandy flavour) and add plenty of ice.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 13, 2010

      55

      Yum! I was looking for something citrus-y and refreshing and this definitely did the trick. I made it first with lemonade, then with soda, then finally with a combination of the two (oh, it was a very good party!). The lemonade was too sweet, the soda was too dry, and the combo was just right. Follow the directions to get the best taste because the ingredients are perfectly balanced.

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    • on June 18, 2008

      55

      We felt like something refreshing and this fit the bill! I used Lemoncello and lemonade and just a drop of bitters. Made for ZWT4.

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    • on June 07, 2008

      55

      I made this for my husband and myself tonight and it was great. Used Metaxa Brandy. I blended it with soda and we loved that it was light, fresh and crisp.

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    Nutritional Facts for Authentic Cypriot Taverna Brandy Sour Cocktail

    Serving Size: 1 (106 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 250.9
     
    Calories from Fat 0
    %
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    0%
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    0%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 0.8 mg
    0%
    Total Carbohydrate 0.0 g
    0%
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    0%
    Sugars 0.0 g
    0%
    Protein 0.0 g
    0%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    lemon cordial

    bitters

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