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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:

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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
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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
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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
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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