We know that Cognac has historically been enjoyed by the the "upper crust". Royalty from King Louis XIII to Jay-Z have sipped the spirit from its distinctive short & bulbous glass, but rarely is it found in the everyday home bar & is largely unknown. We've put together a Minibartender's Guide Tn Cognac so you can drink the luxurious liquor with a side of knowledge.
What It Is
Cognac is a kind of Brandy (distilled wine) that must meet the following legal requirements:
- Must be made in the Cognac region of France from specific grapes.
- Distilled twice in copper pot stills.
- Aged at least 2 years in French oak barrels.
Kinds of Cognac
Tell your friends
- Cognac is often blended with to achieve a uniform taste; the age indicated on the bottle always refers to the youngest brandy in the blend
- Though Cognac is exclusively a French product, the classifications are in English because of the historically heavy British involvement of its trade.
- There are around 200 cognac producers, but 90% of the U.S. market come from only 4 producers.
What to make with it
- 2.5 oz VSOP Cognac
- 1 oz Cointreau
- 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- Rim a martini glass with sugar. Add ice and ingredients to shaker. Shake, Strain and serve with an orange peel.