Picon Punch

Picon Punch:

Fill collins glass with ice 
Add 1 tsp pomegranate grenadine and 2.5 ounces Amer Picon (Torani Amer) 
Fill with soda water 
Float 1 oz. brandy on top (Hardy VS)

This is a beast of a cocktail. Good, but very strong. The recipe is from Ted Haigh Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails. In the edition I have, he notes that the Amer Picon in France was 35 percent alcohol, (Torani's Amer is 39 percent) and that this increase may result in a different cocktail than what the good Dr. was drinking. The cocktail is in the bitter family, something akin to a Americano with Amer acting as the star sporting a fancy hat of Cognac. This one may need to be tried a few times to be appreciated, and/or cut back on the spirits a tad.