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Invented for a King, This Brandy Bitter Is Royalty in a Glass

This recipe is tailored from BAR MENU: 100+ Consuming Meals Recipes for Cocktail Hours at Dwellinga brand new cookbook that includes cocktail recipes by former restaurant critic and award-winning wine and spirits columnist André Darlington.

This wonderful brandy bitter was developed for King Farouk of Egypt when he stayed on the island of Cyprus within the early Nineteen Thirties. Created to appear like iced tea, it disguised the king’s predilection for alcoholic drinks. The lemons in Cyprus are bitter and require making a “squash” to make them extra palatable.

This can be a cocktail that may immediately transport you to the Mediterranean; sit again with a e-book by Lawrence Durrell (who lived on the island and wrote about it) and whereas away the afternoon.

Make a Cypriot Brandy Bitter


1 teaspoon sugar, to rim the glass

1 lemon slice

2 ounces brandy

3 ounces lemon squash* (recipe follows)

2 drops bitters (Angostura or different manufacturers)


Unfold sugar in a circle on a plate.

Moist the rim of a rocks glass with lemon slice and dip glass into the sugar.

Fill glass with ice, then add brandy, lemon squash, and bitters.

Stir and garnish with the lemon slice.



1 cup recent lemon juice

1 cup sugar


In a small saucepan over medium warmth, mix lemon juice and sugar, stirring to dissolve.

Warmth till simply boiling and switch to a bottle to chill.

Combination will preserve for as much as 2 weeks within the fridge.

Revealed on November 24, 2022



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