The Chicago Cocktail is only three (or four) ingredients, depending on how you make it.
Chicago was incorporated as a town on Aug. 12, 1833. It was incorporated as a city on March 4, 1837.
The recipe online at the Internet Cocktail Database calls for only three ingredients: Brandy, Bitters & Orange Curaçao.
(Photo from Imbibe.com)
Here’s a basic recipe for the Chicago Cocktail:
•2 oz brandy
•1/4 oz triple sec
•1 dash biters
•Top with champagne (optional)
Stir in a mixing glass with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel or slice.
Some versions call for sugaring the rim of the glass. It can be served on the rocks in a double old-fashioned glass or, especially in the champagne variation, straight up in a champagne coupe or flute or a cocktail glass.
Imbibe Magazine’s recipe calls for Cointreau and sparkling wine.