How to make a classic Metropolitan

While newer cocktails have hijacked the Metropolitan name, it is the classic brandy-based Metropolitan that best stands the test of time. Like the Martini is for gin, and the Manhattan is for whisky, the Metropolitan is all about quality ingredients and balance. A good Metropolitan lets the base brandy flavors and aroma shine. Sip away and feel classy with this following recipe.


  • 60ml brandy (or cognac)
  • 30ml sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Optional: 15ml simple syrup (though the recipe calls for it, we think without is sweet enough)
  • Garnish: Maraschino cherry


  1. Fill mixing glass with ice, add in brandy, vermouth, bitters and syrup (optional), then stir well (using a shaker is fine too, especially if you’re adding in syrup, since the added dilution might be welcomed)
  2. Strain mixture into martini or coupe glass, garnish with cherry and serve

Yields 1 drink

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