Brass Monkey

Nelson, Napoleon and Brass Monkeys

“Cold enough to freeze the tale off a brass monkey” – Before the Mast by C.A. Abbey, 1857. Brass Monkey 2 parts  Courvoisier's VSOP Exclusif ½ part   Tawny Port ½ part   Benedictine ½ part   Fresh orange juice 3              Dashes of orange bitters Glass: Tumbler rocks glass Method Stir all ingredients together in a rocks glass over cubed ice.  Garnish with half a slice of orange. History Between 1803 and 1815, the Napoleonic wars were waging in the waters around the British Isles with defensive ports covering much of the...
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Smoking Bishop Punch

Dickensian Cognac Punch: The Smoking Bishop

“A merrier Christmas, Bob, my good fellow, than I have given you, for many a year! I’ll raise your salary, and endeavour to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon, over a Christmas bowl of smoking bishop, Bob!” – Final chapter, Ebenezer Scrooge talking to Bob Cratchit.  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens SMOKING BISHOP PUNCH 1 part              Courvoisier's VSOP Exclusif 2 parts            Red Wine (Burgundy) 1 part              Port (Tawny) ¾ part             Sugar syrup 1.5 parts         Orange juice (Seville) 1...
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Georgian Julip Cocktail

Georgian Julep Cocktail with Cognac

"All the scenery in the world - avails not to keep a Virginian away from a Julep on a hot summer day." - George William Bagby, Civil War writer and humorist, 1860 Georgian Julep Regarded as possibly the world oldest established cocktail and having roots based throughout ancient Persia – “Gulab” meaning rose water – the original Mint Julep cocktail, unbeknownst to most, were first popularised using French brandy rather than the American whiskey commonly served today. The Georgian Julep is naturally a Georgian twist on the...
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Crusta Cocktail

Cocktail Brandy Crusta

Brandy Crusta Listed in the first ever cocktail guide, The Bon Vivants Companion back in 1862 by Jerry “The Professor” Thomas, the Brandy Crusta perfectly balances of rich orange notes of a VSOP cognac with the sweet of Triple Sec (orange liqueur) and the tart of fresh lemon juice with spicy aromatic bitters. Regarded by many to be the precursor to the popular Sidecar cocktail, the Crusta is well distinguished by its unique sugar rim (“crusta”) and lemon peel lining. ...
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New Drinks and Cocktail Section at Cognac Expert

Dear readers, we were asked by many about cocktails with cognac or brandy in the past. We did publish some recipes, but now we decided to bring you new cognac cocktail recipes regularly. Cognac Cocktail Recipes Regularly To be honest, we do not know a lot about the fine art of cocktail blending (yet) - but mixologists and cognac houses do. So we got the people from Courvoisier to give us the details and information about the cocktails. Their VSOP is named...
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