Helping drive mixability of Cognac, London is playing host to the first ever London Cocktail Week, based on the success of the Tales of the Cocktail event which happens in New Orleans every year.  So far there is a very rich number of brands representing however Courvoisier is the only Cognac house involved, the BNIC will be hosting a small event on the history of brandy and Cognac, supporting the Summit cocktail.

Cocktail Week

Courvoisier’s  flagship however is the Wednesday where drinks historian and drinks legend Gary Regan come over from New York to help supply a seminar on the history of mixing with Brandy and Cognac, and how it developed into the first cocktails.

This will be followed by the UK’s first official punch competition where the 6 finalist bartenders selected from across the UK will compete for an all expenses paid trip to New Orleans and the coveted title of Courvoisier The Spirit of Punch Champion 2010.

Ground-breaking Oxford bar Raoul’s take up residency at The Future Gallery before legendary drinks guru Gary Regan takes over to host a punch extravaganza.

Monday 11th October, 5pM –  10pM

The UK’S first ever Pop Up Punch Parlour
From classic punch recipes to contemporary interpretations, Raoul’s present a cacophony of delicious punch through the ages
– all served in vintage tea-sets.
Free entrance with discounted drinks for LCW wristband holders.

Tuesday 12Th October, 5pM –  10pM

The Courvoisier Speakeasy
We pay homage to new Orleans – the birthplace of modern cocktail culture. Join us to sample Sazeracs, Juleps and other classic serves against a backdrop of Nola jazz.
Free entrance with discounted drinks for LCW wristband holders.

Wednesday 13Th October, 12pM – 3pM

Courvoisier’s Spirit of Punch – Seminar
Legendary drinks historian Gary Regan (author, The Joy of Mixology) explores the rich history of brandy/cognac in punch as leading mixologist Joe McCanta (Saf) recreates three revolutionary punch recipes from the last 300 years.
Attendance is free upon registration at [email protected]

Wednesday 13Th Octover, 3pM – 8pM

Courvoisier’s Spirit of Punch – Final
your chance to sample some delicious punch recipes from around the Country
and vote for your favourite as the finalists battle it out for the coveted title of
‘Courvoisier’s Spirit of punch Master 2010’.
Complimentary punch served upon arrival.
Attendance is free upon registration at [email protected]
The Future Gallery,
5 Great newport Street,
London WC2h 7hy.
nearest Tube – Leicester Square (100 meters)

Source:, Courvoisier

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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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    London cocktail week was a fantastic week of events, really looking forward to next year. Personally, I think cognac makes a fantastic base for cocktails bringing a more sophisticated flavour to the vast array of fruity cocktails available throughout the 90s. Hopefully their popularity will continue to grow.

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