That’s right everyone, June 4th is National Cognac Day. In order to celebrate the event, we make a few cocktails to suit the occasion. So slip into your favorite smoking jacket, light up a fine cigar, and drop a needle on that Édith Piaf record you bought in college to impress a potential date, because we’re making some Cognac cocktails.
Many of you have already been exposed to Sazeracs in your cocktail journey. Usually it’s a combination of Whiskey (usually Rye), Peychauds bitters, sugar and a old fashioned glass that has been chilled and rinsed with absinthe, but did you know that the original Sazerac is said to have been made with Cognac? That’s right, the story goes that the spirit of choice was now a defunct Cognac company named Sazerac-de-Forge et Fils. What better cocktail to celebrate with than a Classic Sazerac?
RECIPE FOR A CLASSIC SAZERAC:
Chill an old fashioned glass with crushed ice and add .25 oz of Absinthe to the glass
In a mixing glass combine:
2.0 oz Courvoisier V.S Cognac
.50 oz Gum Syrup
4 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters
Add ice and stir to chill and dilute. Once the old fashioned glass is chilled, slowly pour the remaining absinthe and ice out and slowly rotate the glass in the process. Try to coat the entire interior of the glass with absinthe. Next add the chilled cocktail to the absinthe rinsed glass and garnish with fresh lemon oil across the top of the cocktail.
A well made Sazerac is a thing of beauty. All of the aromas and flavors of the drink create an amazing drinking experience.
The next cocktail we’ll be enjoying is one of that I think gets overlooked too often on cocktail menu’s and that is the Sidecar. Traditionally a Sidecar is made with 3 parts brandy to 2 parts triple sec and one part lemon. To have a little fun with this drink we’ve replaced the triple sec with a little Swedish Punsch and we’re so happy we did.
RECIPE FOR NAPOLEAN’S SIDECART
In a shaker combine:
1.5 oz Courvoisier VSOP
1.0 Kronan Swedish Punsch
.5 oz fresh Lemon juice
one dash of Bitter Truth’s Jerry Thomas Bitters
Add ice and shake to chill and dilute the cocktail. Strain into a martini glass or coupe rimmed with sugar and garnish with a lemon wheel.
These are just a few cocktails to spark some inspiration for National Cognac Day or just about any day. After all, who needs an excuse to have a good cocktail…..