How to Make The Perfect B2C2

You'll need brandy, champagne, and a couple other ingredients.


1 1/2 ounces brandy -- brandy
1 1/2 ounces Benedictine
1 1/2 ounces Cointreau
4-6 ounces Brut champagne
old-fashioned glass


Combine the brandy,* Bénédictine, and Cointreau in an Old-Fashioned glass. Top off with room-temperature brut champagne. That's the original formula. We found it much, much improved by cutting the liquor back to a still-hefty 1 ounce of each and -- this is key -- stirring them together briskly with cracked ice before straining them into a chilled glass. The champagne should be cold, too -- about 3-4 ounces will do. In either case, if you're going to drink more than two of these, make sure your helmet is on; you'll need it.

About this Cocktail

Created by U.S. military intelligence officers toward the end of WWII in order to put to good use the French spoils of war taken from the retreating Germans. Has an effect on a body not unlike a Howitzer.


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