Add a desi twist to your World Cognac Day celebrations with these 3 Hennessy cocktails made with Indian ingredients.
June 4 marks the day when brandy lovers and distillers across the world celebrate World Cognac Day. The history of cognac dates back to the 16th century, when the Dutch began to distil the white wine from France. As the French followed suit, the largest cognac brands in existence today started to come up. Hennessy, which started up its distillery in 1765, today accounts for almost half of all cognac production in the world.
But what is it that makes a brandy qualify as cognac? There are several factors to be considered. The white wine from which it is made must be distilled twice in copper stills and then matured in French oak barrels for a minimum of two years. After the second distillation is produced eau di vie, which is then blended with other eau di vies and in some cases put in barrels again to age some more. And then comes the final product, cognac. Grape varietals used are also of vital importance, with Ugni Blanc being the primary variety aside from Folle Blanche and Colombard. And of course, the region of production is a crucial factor, with only Cognac, located southwest of Paris and north of Bordeaux, and well-defined areas around it, allowed to use the name.
This World Cognac Day, celebrate safely at home with these three Hennessy cocktails. And to add a desi twist, all of these use Indian ingredients.
Hennessy Mata Hari
- 40ml Hennessy Very Special
- 30ml ginger and cinnamon infused sweet Vermouth
- 22ml lime juice
- 15ml simple syrup
- 22ml pomegranate juice
- 1 dash aromatic bitters
- Garnish: Dehydrated lime
Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well.
Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish with edible flowers.
Hennessy Maple Spiced Old Fashioned
- 60ml Hennessy Very Special
- 4 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 7.5ml home-made spiced maple syrup
- Garnish: Slice of ginger and dehydrated lime
Add spiced maple syrup, bitters and Hennessy in a mixing glass full of ice.
Stir until well chilled and diluted.
Strain into an old-fashioned glass with an ice block.
Garnish with a flamed cinnamon stick.
Hennessy Spicy Blazer
- 50ml Hennessy Very Special
- 1/2 tsp liquorice powder
- 30ml mineral water
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 1 pinch ground cinnamon
- Garnish: Cinnamon bark
Mix all the ingredients in a metal shaker, flambe the liquid before pouring from one half of the shaker to the other half 4-5 times. Put out the flame and let cook.
Pour into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes.
Garnish with cinnamon bark.