When it comes to invitations to various cognac related events, there are certain ones that we wouldn’t miss for the world. So when our invite for the LMVH ‘Blogger’s Lunch’ arrived, we couldn’t wait to visit the venue at the Avenue de la Grande Armee in Paris. It was our opportunity to connect with the Hennessy team, discover the latest LVMH news and enjoy a presentation of all the famous brand’s spirits and wines (Veuve Cliquot, Terrazas de los Andes…).

Hennessy Blogger Lunch

Hennessy, as always, prides itself as being innovative, whilst remaining true to its values. And it’s this very reason that the cognac house continues to delights hoards of fans and collectors (and when we talk about collectors, Don Henny is always the first to spring to mind).

So, what did we discover? Firstly, Hennessy continues with its popular trend of street artists bottle design. After the success of the KAWS, Futura and Os Gemeos editions, it was the turn of Shepard Fairey (AKA Obey, famous for, amongst other things, the design of the poster “Hope’ for Barak Obama’s presidential campaign). In addition to these, the famous British designer, Tom Dixon, also produced a design for the Hennessy XO carafe – a real collector’s item in its own right.

Apart from these artistic partnerships, the cognac house continues its tradition by presenting it’s ‘fine à l’eau’ in an up to date fashion. For over a century, this custom made water is a must-do way to enhance the taste of fine eaux-de-vie (Cognac, Armagnac or Calvados).

Fine de cognac- Gift box with bottle - HR

During our day in Paris, ice cubes were combined with sparkling water and other ingredients, rewriting the mixology of Hennessy Fine de Cognac.

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To start, we tasted this young, balanced Cognac, enjoying its fluidity and elegance. And then the Hennessy team provided us with four simple recipes that we could recreate ourselves at home.

Hennessy Recipe 1

– 4cl Hennessy Fine de Cognac

– 2 wedges of fresh lime

– 4cl sparkling water

– 3cl lemonade

– Fresh mint leaf

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Method:

Fill a glass with ice, add two wedges of lime – pressing them gently to exude their juice. Add the measure of Hennessy Fine de Cognac, sparkling water and lemonade. Stir gently, so as not to flatten the bubbles. Gently crush the mint leaf and place on top.

Hennessy Recipe 2

– 5cl Hennessy Fine de Cognac

– 1 wedge of fresh lemon

– 0.5cl elderflower syrup

– Lemon zest

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Method: Fill a glass with ice, and squeeze the lemon juice into the glass. Add the Hennessy Fine de Cognac and elderflower syrup. Mix for five seconds, and then sprinkle the lemon zest over the top.

Hennessy Recipe 3

– 5cl Hennessy Fine de Cognac

– 1 wedge of fresh lime

– 0.5cl sugar cane syrup

– Lime zest

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Method: Fill a glass with ice. Squeeze the lime juice directly into the glass. Pur in the Hennessy Fine de Cognac, add the sugar cane syrup and mix for five seconds. Sprinkle the lime zest over the top.

Hennessy Recipe 4

– 5cl Hennessy Fine de Cognac

– 3cl lemonade

– 2 thyme lemon sprigs

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Method: Place the thyme lemon sprigs into a glass and gently crust the leaves with a spoon. Fill with ice cubes. Add the Hennessy Fine de Cognac and lemonade. Stir for five seconds. If you prefer, you can substitute the thyme lemon for aniseed pods instead.

So, what were our thoughts on the four recipes? Well, numbers 1 and 3 are wonderfully classic drinks. Number 1 is the least alcoholic (around 10%) of them all. Number 3, although higher in alcohol (about 29%), is pleasant and refreshing. Recipe number 4 (20% alcohol) is interesting, with the combination of Cognac and thyme lemon. But watch the quantities you use, as we felt that the Cognac was slightly masked by the powerful aroma of thyme. And as for recipe number 2 (30% alcohol), it’s floral, original, feminine and elegant. You can find elderflower syrup in health food stores.

These four recipes are easy for anyone to produce, and can be used as sources of inspiration for your own creativity. You can be as innovative as you like, and make versions of your own ‘fine a l’eau’. For example, we’ve tried combining Cognac with Orange, Cardamom and water with excellent results.

This meeting of bloggers in Paris proves once again that Cognac knows no limits. Our thanks go out to Hennessy, who – as the leader of all things Cognac – help to regulate the mix of tradition and contemporary to allow Cognac to be enjoyed by all ages around the world.

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Jacki has been with Cognac Expert from virtually the beginning. She's the senior editor of the blog, and has spent much of her life living in rural France. Today she's based back in the UK, where she splits her working life between writing for Cognac Expert and working as a Paramedic at a large regional hospital.

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