Grab your tulip glass, because it’s time to celebrate Cognac. Every June 4th, National Cognac Day, is celebrated worldwide. No one knows who originated the holiday. We may never know, let’s just be glad that they did.
Cognac is produced in a charming French town with the same name. The brandy is known as the “king of brandy”. While you may have only heard of Hennessy, Remy Martin, Martell or Courvoisier, there are around 200 Cognac producers. It may be harder to find the small batch Cognac, but it’s out there. You will find the brandy in four grades: VS, VSOP, or XO (Napoleon). Other grades may include Reserve, Extra, or Vintage. Long story short, the darker the Cognac, the older it is. Once you have a good XO, there’s no turning back. It's smooth and sexy!
In the past few years, Cognac has become a popular spirit to use in cocktails. The following Cognac cocktail recipes are from a charming book called Delicious Dessert Cocktails by Barbara Scott Goodwin. The book includes 70 recipes for libations to sip after dinner. It would be a nice table book and of course the recipes are great when you are entertaining, even if you are a party of one.
The Cognac Sour is a cocktail that can would be great for a pre-game drink or digestif, while the French Sorbet is great as a dessert by itself or with a baked treat. Santé !
If whiskey sours are your thing, then this one should please your palate. I would also have this during dinner and not just during dessert.
Holy Cognac Batman! Martell is unleashing a new VSOP Cognac finished in Kentucky bourbon casks. The brown juice is called Martell Blue Swift with notes of vanilla, plums, and candied fruit. The bottle looks pretty chic. Sounds like a bottle that’s perfect to add to your brandy collection.