I’ve been adding some different cocktail recipes for the summer lately, and of all I have posted, The Sundowner has been my favorite. According to Beachbum Berry, this cocktail was invented in the early sixties for the Kon-Tiki restaurant at the Sheraton Waikiki. The Kon-Tiki became so popular, Sheraton struck a deal to open several Kon-Tiki’s in various Sheratons (similar to what Hilton did with Trader Vic’s)
A Sundowner is the kind of drink you actually want when you are getting a ‘welcome drink’ at a resort, or want something exotic to sip by the pool. It has some strength, and the lemon juice cuts the sweetness, creating a well balanced cocktail. It has been my go to happy hour drink for the past few months. The recipe calls for Cognac, however brandy would probably work fine (I haven’t tried it, however). Any type of orange brandy/cognac, i.e. Orange Curacao, Gran Mariner, Gran Gala, etc would all sub fine for the Cointreau. Galliano, a yellow sweet Italian herbal liquor cannot be substituted, however. Large liquor stores have smaller bottles of Galliano in case you don’t want to commit to a 375ml bottle. Go get some and make this with the Cognac/brandy that has been sitting in your cabinet since your weird Uncle stopped in for a weekend 3 years ago.
1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
3/4 ounce Galliano
3/4 ounce Cointreau
1 1/4 ounce Cognac
Shake all ingredients well with planty of ice. Pour unstrained into a old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and more ice, if needed.