Brandy Fix


“Fixes” were popular in the 19th century before they fell into obscurity. Likely because many spirits began with a medicinal purpose in mind. Brandy was given to patients in the 19th and early 20th century as a means of cardiac stimulation. The liquor would increase cardiac output and raise one’s blood pressure. The only problem was, Brandy is also a depressant that could alternatively be used to sedate a patient. The ‘fix’ series of cocktails are a combination of base alcohol, citrus, and something sweet. This version of the Brandy Fix was first introduced in Harry Johnson’s Bartender’s Manual, and has a well-balanced tarty taste.


  • 2 oz Cognac
  • 1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Sugar Syrup
  • Garnish: Lemon Peel Twist


Fill a mixing glass or cocktail shaker half full of ice, add all your ingredients. Shake for 20-30 seconds or until chilled and strain into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and, optionally, a maraschino cherry.


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