Friday, June 3, 2016

National Cognac Day ~ June 4th!

It's time to celebrate! Saturday, June 4th is National Cognac Day, so, this weekend, gather your friends and celebrate National Cognac Day with Hennessy with original cocktail recipes from the #1 Cognac in the world! Hennessy established the now booming V.S.O.P. category in 1817 when the future King George IV of England asked the House of Hennessy to supply him with a special Cognac, a blend then described as a "Very Superior Old Pale." This particular Cognac has now built its reputation across nearly two centuries. Wow! 

This V.S.O.P. Cognac celebrates character and smoothness and is a great expression of mastery. It is recognized for its harmonious and well-structured blend, the perfect base for a classic cocktail and easily matches every occasion and style ~ on the rocks or accompanied with your own special mix.

Interesting Facts About Cognac:
  • Only 3% of Cognac is actually drunk in France.
  • Top fans of Cognac include Napoleon, Churchhill and rappers, Jay-Z, P. Diddy and Kanye West.
  • In order for a brandy to call itself Cognac, it must be made in the Poitou-Charentes region, be twice distilled in copper stills and be aged in French oak barrels
  • The Cognac region has been producing alcoholic drinks since the 12th century.
  • The best glass to drink Cognac from is a glass with a stem.
  • During the mid-1860's, a small pest called phylloxera vastartrix decimated French vineyards.
Hennessy V.S.O.P. Privilege Recipes:

Jerry Thomas Brandy Punch
*The first cocktail in the first cocktail book created in 1862 by Jerry "The Professor" Thomas
  • 1.5 liters of water
  • 1 liter Hennessy V.S.O.P.
  • 5 ounces lightly aged rum
  • 2 cups of simple syrup or 3 cups of sugar
  • 9 ounces of lemon juice
  • 2 ounces Grand Marnier
  • 4 ounces Hibiscus Grenadine
  • 1/2 a pineapple sliced
  • 2 oranges sliced into wheels
  • 1 package of raspberries

French 75
*Though originally thought to be a Gin based classic, The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks by David Embury, claims that the French 75 is a Cognac based drink. Either way, the combination of Hennessy and champagne is a classic that will continue to delight!
  • 1.5 ounces Hennessy V.S.O.P. Privilege
  • .5 ounces simple syrup
  • .75 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • Top with sparkling wine or champagne
  • Garnish with a lemon twist 

The Hennessy Sazerac
*In 1850, Aaron Bird of the Sazerac House Bar in New Orleans created this iconic cocktail. To taste it is to taste the culture that only exists in the Big Easy!
  • 2 1/2 ounces Hennessy V.S.O.P. Privilege
  • 1/8 ounce Absinthe
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 5 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
  • Garnish with a lemon twist

Between The Sheets
*Between The Sheets was created in 1930 by Harry MacElhone, head bartender at the eponymous Harry's New York Bar in Paris. It is a take on the iconic Sidecar, the addition of rum helps to add to the complexity and elegant balance.
  • 1 ounce Hennessy V.S.O.P. Privilege
  • 1 ounce Ten Can Rum
  • 1 ounce Orange Curacao
  • .5 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • Garnish with a lemon twist

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