Here comes a weekend recipe, very simple. But wait, we present one cognac cocktail and a tarte. Why? Because we had the cognac drink as an aperitif while preparing the “tarte provencale”.

What you would need for a very simple cognac cocktail, mixologists don’t kill us – but we are not cocktail specialists.

Cucumber Cognac Ale

  • Cognac VS
  • 2 slices of cucumber
  • 2 ice cubes
  • Ginger Ale (we used Canada Dry)

First the ice, then some Cognac VS.

Ice cubes and Cognac VS

Then cut some slices of cucumber.

Cucumber cutting

Add some ginger ale to your drink.

Go Ginger, Go.

And finally add the slice.

Cucumber in the Cognac drink

And the drinks are ready.

Drinks are ready, cheese cutting

As you can see, the cheese is about to be cut now.

The Tarte Provencale

Put the shortcrust pastry into a form, add mustard – spread it. All very simple. Cut the tomatos, fine slices. Then add Cantal cheese.

Mustard, Tomatoes, Cheese

Then a little bit of olive oil, over the little master piece. Salt & Pepper and thyme. Done. Now into the oven for about 40 minutes at thermostat 6-7.

Here is the recipe in detail:

  • shortcrust pastry
  • mustard
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 200 grams of rather young Cantal cheese
  • a bit of thyme
  • a splash of Olive oil
  • salt & pepper

You can also add some drak olives on top.

And ready to serve

That’s it so far from our side on this very cloudy sunday.

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Max is a spirits expert and speaker, into marketing, technology, startups, and business development. He’s also a farmer. He likes tools and machines, Game of Thrones, and Better Call Saul. Included in his Top 10 Cognacs are the Audry XO and Bache Gabrielsen 1973. Max founded Cognac Expert in 2010 at his family’s estate in Poullignac, in the Cognac region, France. Started as a blog, today Cognac Expert is the world’s largest website about all things Cognac, a blog, and a specialized online shop featuring 800+ different Cognac bottles.

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