Sylvia Sour Cocktail

“A secret… an extra amber brandy finger roosting and cooing ‘you, you’ behind two eyes in which nothing is reflected but monkeys.”

Sylvia Plath, “A Secret”

The simple syrup used in this recipe was homemade and is very easy to adjust to your taste. I dissolved 1/2 cup of sugar into 1/2 cup of water over low heat, added a spoonful of raspberry preserves, then strained the mixture.


  • 4 oz brandy
  • 1 oz lemon juice (about one lemon)
  • 1.5 oz raspberry simple syrup


  1. Fill shaker with ingredients.
  2. Add ice and shake.
  3. Pour into two glasses and serve straight up.

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