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The Mikado has a flavor that’s sweet but intriguing. The basis of it is brandy, with small amounts of liqueurs added to it.

Mikado drink in tall glass with ice

The overall flavor is almond cherry, but with a tart note from the triple sec and something woodsy from the brandy. Remember not to waste a good sipping brandy on this one – you want something that’s drinkable but could use a little smoothing out.


  • 1 1/2 ounces brandy
  • 1/2 ounces triple sec
  • 1 teaspoon creme de noyaux (or almond liqueur, such as amaretto)
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
  • 1 dash of angostura bitters

Fill an old-fashioned glass most of the way with ice cubes. Pour in the ingredients and stir well.