Hoop La

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Cocktail History

The Hoop La is a vintage brandy cocktail that was created by Harry Craddock and included in his 1930 recipe book, The Savoy Cocktail Book. The original recipe called for brandy, triple sec, lemon, and Kina Lillet, but since that liqueur no longer exists, it’s now made with Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano. Its whimsical name comes from the British ring toss game you often see at the fair.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Cognac: This is the base spirit. It’s a type of brandy made from distilled white wine in Cognac, France. We used Courvoisier VSOP Cognac because it has a rich mouthfeel and a delightful brandy spice with notes of peach, almond, and cinnamon. For a low-proof version of this drink, try Escape Mocktails Non-Alcoholic Cognac Alternative in place of the brandy.

Triple Sec: This is an orange liqueur. It adds sweet citrus flavors that balance out the other ingredients. We went with Cointreau because it’s one of the highest quality triple secs on the market.

Lillet Blanc: This is a French aromatized wine liqueur that is made with Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon grapes, citrus, florals, honey, and baking spices.

Lemon Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Lemon Twist: This is the garnish. It adds a hint of citrus aroma.

Tasting Notes

The Hoop La featured scents of orange and Lillet Blanc plus a delicious citrusy taste at first. Then when swirled around in the mouth, the taste of the brandy really comes through, while the other flavors compliment it nicely in the background, followed by notes of Lillet Blanc and brandy after swallowing.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: This is one of those cocktails that made us wonder how we’d gone our entire lives without hearing about it. Although not extremely complex, this equal parts cocktail is very tasty and would certainly be refreshing on a warm summer day.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

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AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 ¾ oz Cognac
 ¾ oz Triple Sec
 ¾ oz Lillet Blanc
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 1 Lemon Twist

Method
1

Add brandy, triple sec, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with lemon twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 ¾ oz Cognac
 ¾ oz Triple Sec
 ¾ oz Lillet Blanc
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 1 Lemon Twist

Directions

Method
1

Add brandy, triple sec, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with lemon twist.

Hoop La

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More Brandy Cocktails

If you like this brandy-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Enchantress: A brandy cocktail made with ruby port wine, orange curaçao, lemon juice, and a lemon peel

Cold Brew Brandy Alexander: A brandy cocktail made with cold-brew coffee liqueur, dark crème de cacao, heavy cream, and coffee beans

French Toast Flip: An Oloroso sherry, Scotch, and apple brandy cocktail made with maple syrup, allspice syrup, egg white, egg yolk, orange and fig bitters, and ground cinnamon

Elephants Sometimes Forget: A cherry brandy and gin cocktail made with lemon juice, dry vermouth, orange bitters, amaretto liqueur, and a lemon twist

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