Enchantress Recipe

Let's start the weekend right--with a cocktail recipe from Paul Clarke (The Cocktail Chronicles). Need more than one? Hit up the archives. Cheers!

The onset of winter requires strong medicine. Here's a cocktail assertive enough to keep the season's chill away, while rich and flavorful enough to be as comforting as a chair beside the fire.

As described by drink historian David Wondrich, the Enchantress debuted in American Barkeeper in 1867, and its cognac-meets-port construction demonstrates the 19th century taste for robustly flavored drinks. Nearly 150 years later, robust flavors are creeping back into popularity, and the Enchantress is ripe for rediscovery.


  • 1 1/2 ounces cognac
  • 1 1/2 ounces port
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange curacao or Grand Marnier


  1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well for 10 seconds and strain into a chilled wine goblet or cocktail glass.