Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.
I can’t believe it but after almost 40 years on this planet, (19 years of legal drinking age) I’m finally embracing brandy. Truly, I never thought I’d see the day. Then, an epiphany. Cue the angels’ aria. A dinner this past September at the newest Bartolotta’s establishment, Joey Gerard’s. It’s a supper club. I’m one of those “when in
It was love at first sip. I had no idea I would fall hard for something brandy-based. But one tasted like another, so I ordered a second. I think it was almost better than the first! About two months later, I had the pleasure of eating at The Brown Derby in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park when we went on our family vacation. I thought if any place was as fitting as Joey Gerard’s to order such a concoction, it was indeed the Brown Derby. Once again, I was not disappointed. Once again, I ordered a second.
At that point, I officially declared myself a brandy lover. OK, not really. More like just a Sidecar lover. Semantics. The point is I decided I wanted to make this for family & friends this Christmas. Sure, I could easily search online for recipes and discover that essentially it’s a 1:1:1 ratio of brandy, orange liqueur and lemon juice served in a sugar-rimmed glass.
Since my first and most delightful experience with this elixir was at Joey Gerard’s I decided I would turn to their expert mixologists. I hoped that if I asked nicely they would be kind enough to divulge their “secret recipe.” I was right. A fine member of their management staff granted my request. As I promised to keep it a secret you’ll have to contact them yourself to see if you’re as lucky as I was.
One thing I can tell you is that I was told to serve it in a coupe glass. A bit before my time, I needed some Google help with that and discovered some interesting history. Well heck if it’s good enough for “Ms. Let Them Eat Cake” it’s good enough for me.
I never thought I’d utter these words but, “Brandy. Definitely a Culinary Yes Yes!”
CULINARY YES-YES BONUS:
Indulge your senses. What does Christmas TASTE like?