MxMo Brandy – Pendennis


Marleigh, from over at SLOSHED! is hosting this fine edition of Mixology Monday. After trying a plethora of brandy cocktails and whipping up a couple of new tiki recipes, I decided to fall back on an old favorite.

MxMo - Brandy
Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails by Dr. Cocktail was one of the first cocktail books that found its way to my bookshelf. I had nearly none of the spirits, syrups, bitters, or other strange ingredients that filled its pages, but I was determined to acquire them. Now, over a year and a half later, I have most of the ingredients, but this still remains one of my favorite cocktails from the book.

I often make this cocktail when I’m feeling uninspired. It’s not the quintessential potion by any means, but it is one of the first drinks I ever mentioned on the pages of Kaiser Penguin.


  • 2oz gin (tried with both Plymouth and Death’s Door)
  • 1oz apricot brandy (used Marie Brizard Apry)
  • 3/4oz lime juice
  • 3 dashes Peychaud bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, Ted Haigh


The Pendennis is a touch sweet, but in a good way with the apricot taming the gin and the bitters giving it a kick. The lime does a fine job of making sure the syrupy brandy doesn’t take over and enter cloying territory.

A KP post without a tiki drink? I think not.

Here’s a brandy tiki cocktail I crafted. I’d love some testers to help me improve the formula!

Pearl Brandy

  • 1 1/2oz cognac
  • 1/2oz gold Puerto Rican rum
  • 1/2oz dark Jamaican rum
  • 1/4oz 151-proof Demerara
  • 3/4oz lime juice
  • 3/4oz orange juice
  • 1oz Pearl Diver’s mix
  • 1 dash cinnamon syrup

Blend with 6oz crushed ice and pour into your favorite, angry tiki mug.

Kaiser Penguin

KP Questions

  1. Do you have a favorite apricot brandy that’s not Marie Brizard?
  2. Who has actually made Pearl Diver’s mix?

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  1. RowenNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry to answer a question with a question, but I’ve had my eye on the Rothman & Winter Apricot. Anybody try this? (I’m hoping it’s good cuz like their crème de violette OK. Made some nice Blue Moons.)

    As for old brandy standbys, my housemate and I had good the old Sidecar tonight with Courvoisier and Cointreau. So rich and elegant, and chased all worries away.

  2. […] Rick of Kaiser Penguin chimes in with two entries this month, one classic and one (of course) tiki: the Pendennis and Pearl Brandy. […]

  3. Dr. BambooNo Gravatar says:

    Rick, is the Death’s Door any good? This is the first I’ve heard of it.

    And since I just got Sippin’ Safari for Christmas, I may have to take a stab at that Pearl Diver’s mix.

  4. Just a suggestion–perhaps start entering announcements of Mixology Mondays at ismyblogburning.com? I keep forgetting about them and I’m sure others would love to participate. Thanks and your Pendennis looks yum!

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