As my friend Jerry said, one of the three most important things in making a good cocktail is a recipe, so here is what he made. The other two things are fresh juices and plenty of ice. Thanks, Jerry. That was great fun.
1 1/2 oz Spanish brandy such as Carlos Primero
1/2 oz orange liqueur such as Cointreau
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
Chill glasses and cocktail shaker. Place ingredients in shaker with lots of ice. Cover and shake well. Moisten rim with cut lemon, coat with sugar. Turbinado or raw sugar makes a nice choice. Strain cocktail into class, garnish with lemon.
1 1/2 oz white rum such as
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
3/4 oz Rosso Vermouth (sweet)
1 dash Grenadine syrup
1-2 dashes white Creme de Cacao
Chill glasses and cocktail shaker. Measure and place ingredients in shaker with lots of ice. Cover and shake well. Strain cocktail into glass, garnish with lime.