Okay, so we know that you probably don’t need an excuse to indulge in your favourite tipple.  But it’s always fun to think of different ways in which to enjoy cognac.  So, in honour of our cousins ‘across the pond,’ let’s take a look as some crazily different ways to enjoy cognac this Thanksgiving and over the Thanksgiving weekend.


As a cheeky aperitif

Well, we’re all used to sipping our Cognac at the end of a meal, and indeed, it is a fab digestif.  But what about before you sit down for dinner?  What’s to say you can’t indulge then as well?  And the perfect manner in which to do this is mixed in a long drink as a cocktail.  There’s loads to choose from, including the famous Sidecar – a recipe allegedly created in Paris during World War I (although this is disputed by many), or the classic Champagne Cocktail laced with your chosen eaux-de-vie.

Add spice to pre-dinner crudities

As your guests mingle at the beginning of a gathering, why not add a fiery cognac dip as an accompaniment to the crudities.  Mix 12oz cream cheese, 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, 1 cup sour cream, 7oz marshmallow cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons almond extract, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 2 (or more) tablespoons of your favourite Cognac.  Mix well, cover and chill overnight to allow the flavours to blend and mature.  Serve with vegetables, bread or fruit crudities.

Sex up the bouillon

Turkey’s all very well (and scrumptious), but why not add a couple of tablespoons of a zesty VS to the bouillon for the gravy.  If you’re feeling brave, you can flambé as you cook…

Get stuffed

Or, depending on the area of the US you come from, you might not call it ‘stuffing’.  It might be ‘dressing,’  or ‘filling.’  But whatever you call it, stirring in a tablespoon or two of eaux-de-vie will have your guests wondering what on earth you’ve done to make the dish so delicious.

Chill out

For a deliciously different way of enjoying your after dinner Cognac, place the bottle in the freezer (it won’t freeze because of the alcohol content) for a few hours before drinking.  The difference in temperature alters the taste, allowing different tones and aromas to tickle your taste buds.  Indeed, some cognacs are designed specifically to be drunk in this manner – such as ABK6 Ice Cognac.  So sink your favourite bottle into deep freeze and enjoy a completely different taste experience.

Whatever crazy things you decide to do with your Cognac this holiday, have a wonderful time.  And from us at Cognac-Expert, we’ll raise a glass this evening and wish our global Cognac community a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Pic: Wikipedia / Photo by Marjory Collins. Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection

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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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