The Jean Collins is a brandy variation of the John Collins and really really good. The mellow aged sweetness of the brandy perfectly blends with the orange liqueur and lemon juice into a bubbly refreshing cocktail. Imagine this as a lengthened and more refreshing Side Car.
THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENT
The most important ingredient in the Jean Collins is the orange liqueur. Even though its only 1/2 an ounce using a top quality orange liqueur makes a world of difference. The next question is then whether to use a neutral base spirit orange liqueur like Cointreau or an aged brandy base like Grand Marnier. In the case of this cocktail it doesn’t matter and is really up to what you have on hand or what your preference is. Personally I prefer the drier more orange-y flavor of Cointreau better but Grand Marnier goes very well in this too.
Avenue Cocktail recipe
- 30 mls (1 oz) Lemon Juice
- 15 mls (1/2 oz) Simple Syrup
- 15 mls (1/2 oz) Orange Liqueur
- 60 mls (2 oz) Brandy
- 150 mls (5 oz) Soda Water
Combine all ingredients in the shaker. Add ice to the shaker. Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted. Strain into glass to remove ice shards
ABV = 26%
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