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Mama Knows Best Cocktail | John Cusimano

Mama Knows Best Cocktail | John Cusimano


  • 1 ½ ounces brandy

  • ¾ ounce orange liqueur

  • ¼ ounce simple syrup*

  • 2 dashes orange bitters

  • 3 to 4 ounces Lambrusco

  • 1 orange twist, for garnish

  • 1 rosemary sprig, for garnish


*For the simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved, then let cool to room temperature. Syrup will keep, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Makes about 1 ½ cups.

Add the brandy, orange liqueur, simple syrup and orange bitters to a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake to chill and strain into an ice-filled wine goblet. Top with Lambrusco and garnish with orange twist and rosemary sprig. 

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