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Redheaded Stepchild

August 24, 2010 (part of Cocktail Chronicle)

I wanted to try this recipe because of the rim treatment: sugar and cayenne pepper.

However, an alarm did sound off when I read 2 oz peach brandy, and only 1 oz Calvados??!! It’s gonna be way too sweet and perfumy, for my taste.

I made it anyway.

The rim treatment does add interest and tickles the tongue (if not burns.) The drink itself is pretty to look at and indeed aromatic. Just … what did I tell myself? too perfumy and too sweet, even after a 25% peach brandy reduction.

Next time (if there is one,) cut the peach in half, and use granulated sugar, instead of superfine for the rim. Much prettier.

Based on Redheaded Stepchild in In the Land of Cocktails (Makes 2):

  • 1 tsp (superfine, but I would use granulated) sugar
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 lemon wedge to wet the rim
  • 3 oz (6 tbsp) peach brandy
  • 2 oz (4 tbsp) Calvados or AppleJack (I use Laird 100 proof)
  • 2 oz (4 tbsp) orange juice


  1. Prepare 2 Martini glasses.
  2. Mix sugar and pepper in a shallow plate. Wet HALF of the rim of each glass with the lemon wedge. Dip and rotate the rim to coat the wet half with the sugar mixture. Chill the glasses.
  3. Before serving, add peach brandy, AppleJack, orange juice to a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into chilled glasses.

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