Archive of ‘Cognac’ category

Bastille, cognac cocktail

Today, in 1789, French revolutionaries stormed the Bastille, the Parisian fortress and prison. It was an act now celebrated as the opening event in the French Revolution. In recognition, we have pulled together a concoction of cognac, rose vermouth and a few drops of green Chartreuse. Vive la Republique, mes enfants! Bastille 1 1/2 ounces […]


Harvard, quad cocktail

This recipe is more than 100 years old, pretty young when you consider the university lending its name to it was founded in 1636. The club soda topping lightens the richer cognac and vermouth. Don’t confuse this with the cocktail of the same name calling for a pharmaceutical mix of vitamins. Harvard 1 1/2 ounces […]


Title 9, equal opportunity cocktail

Title IX: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Or excluded from enjoying this drink in tribute to women athletes across the country. Title 9 […]


Port in a Storm, a cocktail out of the weather

Here’s a easy step into the New Year using a red wine base. There are versions of this drink using tequila, vodka, and rum, but in this New Year to Super Bowl hiatus a less challenging approach might be prudent. The port wine and cognac add elements of intrigue found in a new harbor. Port […]


Sidecar, an officer’s transport

The Ritz Hotel in Paris claims founder’s rights for this World War I era drink, a reference, it is claimed, to the common form of transport among junior officers of the French army. With its strong blast of cognac, it has all the war-time hallmarks of a “live for today, tomorrow be damned” drink. Sidecar […]