101 Best New Cocktails: Maman Brigitte by Tristan Simon, A La Française, Paris, France

by Gaz Regan · Thursday, April 7th, 2016 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

Maman Brigitte

Tristan Simon, A La Française, Paris, France

“This recipe came across my mind while doing research on the next cocktail menu for the bar. I was considering the French rhum agricole part, and wondering how I could balance this typical French spirit with some traditional cocktail recipes. At some point I got to the Brandy Alexander, with is a personal favorite… Then for some reason I considered twisting it with some classic tiki aromatics. Maman Brigitte was born!

“As for the name, you may wonder. I first considered calling it ‘Baron Samedi,’ for the Voodoo Iwa (god) of death and resurrection. Then I considered it was kind of a common name. With further research it appeared the guy had a wife, ‘Maman Brigitte,’ Iwa of death (too) and also of curing ulcers (an always useful skill!).

“I then ended up with a tiki twist on the Brandy Alexander, based on uncommonly used French rhum, named after a Voodoo goddess of death and curing ulcers. It was a complete go!” Tristan Simon

Maman Brigitte30 ml (1 oz) St James Rum Agricole Imperial Blanc

20 ml (.66 oz) St James Rum Agricole Royal Ambre

10 ml (.33 oz) Marie Brizard Chocolat Royal liqueur

10 ml (.33 oz) Monin falernum syrup

20 ml (.66 oz) heavy cream

10 ml (.33 oz) coconut cream

Grated nutmeg, as garnish

Shake vigorously over ice (in a Japanese-style shaker, if available). Double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass and add the garnish. Drink, santé!


gaz sez: I’ll take 5 of these after dinner, please. Every day of the week . . .

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