The Peninsular War pitted Spain against France and began when French armies occupied Spain. Unable to pacify the people of Spain, Napoleon was defeated. Perhaps if the ruler had offered a cocktail of half Spanish Licor 43 and half French Courvoisier, with a sweet-and-sour tang of cranberry, a fortunate compromise would have come his way.
What to buy: Licor 43 Cuarenta y Tres is a Spanish liqueur with great spiced notes that is often served on the rocks. It can be found at high-end liquor stores and online.
Courvoisier is one of the most well-known French brandies from the town of Cognac. We use the VS (Very Special) style in this cocktail for a strong but not overly dominant flavor. If you can’t find it, go ahead and substitute another high-quality brandy.
This recipe was featured as part of our Thanksgiving Leftovers photo gallery.
- Yields: 1 drink
- Difficulty: Easy
- Total: Under 5 mins
- Active: Under 5 mins
- 2 ounces Licor 43 Cuarenta y Tres
- 2 ounces VS Cognac, such as Courvoisier
- 1 ounce Cranberry and Citrus Sauce or Basic Cranberry Sauce
- Juice of 1/2 medium lemon
- Orange twist, for garnish
- Combine Licor 43, Cognac, and cranberry sauce in a cocktail shaker and muddle until most of the the cranberries and citrus are broken up.
- Add lemon juice and fill the shaker with ice. Cover and shake vigorously.
- Strain into a chilled rocks glass and garnish with an orange twist.