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As a college student, I was appalled upon seeing, on their first trip to a bar, inexperienced freshmen ordering drinks such as a rum and coke or screwdriver or shots. Vestiges of a furtive night in a friend's room in their sophomore year of prep school risking expulsion for some cheap-vodka-that-comes-in-a-plastic-jug and orange juice.

If you're going to a bar, make the barkeep earn his tip.

Here is a recipe for my drink-- the Brandy Flip-- arrogance and sweetness distilled and mixed.. Most bars will not or cannot make this for you-- all the better to show off your new-found pomposity. Ask that it be made with Hennessy X.O. or Courvoisier.

Ingredients:
2 oz Brandy
1 whole Egg
1 tsp superfine Sugar
1/2 oz Light cream
1/8 tsp grated Nutmeg

Mixing instructions:
In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the brandy, egg, sugar, and cream. Shake well. Strain into a sour glass and garnish with the nutmeg.

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