Cocktail of the Day: Smart Alec

This one came from about fifty clicks of the “Random Recipe” button on CocktailDB, which is what it took to finally find something that made me go “Hmmm!”

We’ve been on a bit of a brandy cocktail kick this week, and this one fit right in. It’s also a Chartreuse cocktail, and the world needs more Chartreuse cocktails (in this case the yellow variety). The original recipe called for an ounce of brandy, but that left the drink a bit sweet for my taste; I rebalanced it by adding another half-ounce of brandy, and that worked much better for me. Your mileage may vary.

This is a bit of a nostalgic cocktail for me, because my dad often referred to me by the name of this drink.

The Smart Alec Cocktail

1-1/2 ounces Cognac.
3/4 ounce yellow Chartreuse.
3/4 ounce Cointreau.
1 dash orange bitters.

Combine with ice in a mixing glass and stir for at least 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. No garnish specified.

I’m sure you could tweak the ingredients or add a bit more to come up with a Why You Little Smart Ass Bastard I Oughta… Cocktail, but I haven’t given that any thought as yet.