Gourmet Fare

It’s Cocktail Hour with Champagne and Cognac

The Cognac Cocktail from the BNIC by Baptiste Bochet. Photo Courtesy BNIC. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France —- Nothing to warm up the spirits than a refreshing cocktail made with the finest ingredients France has on offer. These are perfect cocktails for Valentine’s Day or any day as dusk turns over into the dark, a before dinner drink never sounded so good, and you can enjoy it in your very own home. The Gourmet Gazette brings you a Cognac based endeavor from France’s The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (the BNIC), a coordination and decision-making body for the Cognac industry. And another in the very pink of things champagne-based cocktail dreamed up by the five-star Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort in the south of France. Cheers!

The La Vie en Rose champagne cocktail from the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort . Photo courtesy Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort reveals its secret recipe for its signature Vie en Rose cocktail, a delightful affair of champagne, vodka and Saint-Germain liqueur. Put the ice-cubes in the shaker to cool things down add in this order 5 cl of vodka, 2.5 cl of Saint-Germain liqueur, 1.5 cl of rose syrup (we suggest the Monin brand) then shake for several minutes (don’t forget to close the shaker) and add the 4 cl Perrier and 10 cl of Mumm pink champagne. Pour into a cocktail glass.

The Cognac Cocktail from the BNIC by Baptiste Bochet. Photo Courtesy BNIC. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Baptiste Bochet, one of 77 Cognac Educators of the professional cognac association (the BNIC), shares with The Gourmet Gazette his recipe for a special Saint Valentine’s Day cognac cocktail. But of course you can enjoy it whenever you would like to. Use a strong cognac, a VSOP. Place 4 cl of the Cognac VSOP into a shaker add 2.5 cl of raspberry liqueur, 3 cl of lemon juice and a dash of cinnamon. You can also addd an egg white once all of the ingredients have been placed in the shaker for texture and a touch of foam. Shake — energetically — for 20 seconds with one single ice-cube in the shaker. Then shake a second time for 10 seconds with lots of ice cubes in the shaker then strain into a cocktail glass.
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