Ready for some Cognac cocktails, or what? It’s National Cognac Day! And we’re celebrating here at Prestige with these three beauties. We’re keeping it simple and highlighting the good stuff. If you’re a Cognac fan, stick around. If you’re new to the Cognac game, today is the perfect day to try out the greatness.
A Little Bit About Cognac…
You’ve probably heard of Brandy before. It’s the umbrella term in this department. All Brandy is defined as a distilled spirit coming from fermented fruit juice. Apple juice, pear, grape, and more—they’re all fair game. Basically, you’re drinking distilled wine.
Cognac itself is a type of Brandy that comes from a very specific part of the world. Cognac is a French wine-based Brandy. A Brandy produced in the Cognac region of France bears the official title of “Cognac.” And with Cognac, we’re talking grapes. Delicious, double-distilled white grapes.
It’s a little copper pot and oak cask magic. Cognac is nearly always blended. It must be at least 40 percent ABV. And that’s the skinny on what fans often call the sweet and subtle Cognac. We won’t lie–it looks even sweeter in our unique decanters.
Now, for the Cognac cocktails!
The Must-Try Cognac Cocktails
Let’s start off with a classic. You’ll see this on a ton of cocktail menus.
You’ll run into it at restaurants. And you’ll certainly want to serve it at your National Cognac Day party. (Are those a thing? They are now.)
This is easy. You’ll need Cognac, fresh lemon (or any citrus) juice, and Triple Sec. Some people like adding superfine sugar as well. Check out this Epicurious recipe here. Drink up! It’s traditional, simple, and super fantastic.
2) Cognac & Ginger
Once again, we’re keeping these Cognac cocktails quick and painless. If you’re throwing together a last-minute party to honor the day, you can do it with these! Grab some Cognac, ginger ale, and lime for this one.
You can try Food & Wine’s recipe right here. They’re all about this classy highball. And we think you’ll love sipping it yourself. (And if you’re sipping it from one of our whiskey glasses, we won’t mind at all. They’re so full of charm and character, you’ll want to drink everything from them.)
3) Vieux Carré
Amp that Manhattan up with some Cognac, why don’t ya? You’ll need rye whiskey, orange liqueur, sweet vermouth, and bitters. And don’t forget the all-important Cognac. This one was invented down in New Orleans at the legendary Carousel Bar.
Get the full recipe here at Liquor.com. It’s stirred perfection. In fact, we’re convinced this will become one of your home bar staples. Because everyone is going to dig it.
Cognac Cocktails or “The Water of Life”?
That’s right. The French call it l’eau de vie. And in our Kentucky accents, we call it that, too. Thinking of any Cognac cocktails that we missed? Let us hear from you in the comments below. We’re always looking to add to our base of booze-y knowledge on the blog.
Don’t forget! When you shop our online store, we’re planting a tree for every decanter we sell. It’s cool. Read more about our mission in Buy One Plant One. It’s a project you can proudly be a part of today.
Enjoy National Cognac Day the right way, folks. Tag us on Instagram @prestigedecanters with your cognac cocktails and memories! We’d love to see how you party.