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While all Cognacs are brandies, not all Brandies are Cognacs—and the difference between these spirits is subtle, but important.

Yes, Brandy can be produced by fermenting any kind of fruit or fruit juice, whereas Cognac is named after the area in Southwest France where it’s produced, using nothing but white grapes native to the terroir.

New Amazon Prime show, The Three Drinkers in Cognac, celebrates the region and its wares, while the drinkers in question are: cocktail enthusiast Aidy Smith, wine and spirits expert Helena Nicklin and radio DJ and Persian food connoisseur Eddy Temple-Morris. 

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The trio explore garnish-making, botanical foraging and some of Cognac’s local flavours, while also creating some Cognac cocktails along the way.  From a Margarita with an orange twist to an Iranian-inspired Old Fashioned, here are their favourites…

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1. Grand Margarita

Mixologist Tiffanie Barriere made this twist on classic tequila cocktails in the show, which Aidy describes as “the nicest Margarita I’ve ever had.”

“What I love about Grand Marnier is that it gives it that extra texture and works so well with the tequila. Liqueurs are the perfect addition to cocktails, and we shouldn’t be afraid to use them. Switching out the syrup in your drink for a fruit liqueur is the perfect way to elevate your cocktail game.

Also Try: Mezcal Cocktails as alternative for Tequila

Ingredients:

  • 30ml Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
  • 30ml Tequila
  • 20ml fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime garnish

Method:

  1. Fill a wide, shallow dish with 2-3mm of fine salt.
  2. Cut a lime in half at the width and rub around half the rim of the rocks glass. Cut a thin wheel from one of the limes as a garnish.
  3. Dip the wet rim of the glass delicately into the salt.
  4. Shake Grand Marnier, tequila and lime juice with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a glass and place the lime garnish on the rim.

2. Old Fashioned Persian

“It was an Old Fashioned leaning into Iranian vibes,” says Eddy Temple-Morris. And maybe it’s beginner’s luck, but his cocktail was voted the best of the three by mixologist Tiffanie.

I used Grand Marnier instead of whiskey to give it that sweetness, with a little bit of infused chai and rosewater,” he says. “I just switched like for like and leaned into that Levantine. I think she liked the story of it—and it tasted pretty good.

More: Whiskey Cocktails on DrinksWorld.

Ingredients:

  • 30ml Grand Marnier
  • 15ml rosewater
  • 15ml chai tea infusion
  • Fresh lime
  • Orange for garnish

Method:

  1. Cut a slice of orange and rub it around the rim of a tumbler. 
  2. Next, build the cocktail in a tumbler, combining the Grand Marnier, rosewater and chai over ice. 
  3. Add a squeeze of lime and stir well. 
  4. Garnish with an orange twist.

3. Orange You Happy To See Me

The Sidecar is the quintessential Cognac cocktail and the Grand Marnier is what gives you that beautiful, orangey taste. For this, I went super local, so we’ve got the Cognac, the Grand Marnier, local French honey, eggs and orange juice and the idea was to make a cocktail that really defined what it is to be in Cognac.

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Cognac
  • 25ml Grand Marnier
  • 20ml orange juice
  • 10ml fresh honey
  • One egg white

Ingredients:

  1. Combine all ingredients bar the egg white into a shaker without ice and shake for 30 seconds. 
  2. Next, add the egg white and ice and wet shake for another 30 seconds to activate the egg white. 
  3. Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with orange peel.

4. Le Grand St Clement

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Helena describes her cocktail as “a posh Buck’s Fizz.” Despite having a lot of French spirit, its origins are very much in England. “It’s inspired by London and the bells of St Clements,” she says. “So I used a little bit of Cognac, with fresh oranges and lemons, topped up with Champagne. It’s probably better if you sieve it, but it tastes magnificent.

Ingredients:

  • 25ml Grand Marnier
  • 15ml fresh lemon
  • 15ml fresh orange
  • 15 ml Cognac

Method:

  1. Combine the Grand Marnier, fruit juices and Cognac in a shaker with ice and shake for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain into a flute half way then top up with Champagne and garnish with a thin orange slice.

5. Courvoisier Gala

The drinkers made this simple cocktail to welcome their guest, Eddy. “We did think it would be a bit much to send Eddy in to drink the spirit by itself, so we mixed a little highball,” says Helena. “The Courvoisier Gala is Cognac VSOP with Sicilian lemon. You could also mix it with ginger ale or ginger beer.

Check out: Best Highball Cocktails.

A highball is simply spirit with a mixer and plenty of ice,” explains Aidy. “On a warm summer evening it’s the perfect way to enjoy a Cognac. You get that peach, apricot and vanilla intertwining with a lemon burst of citrus. It works so well.

Ingredients:

  • 30ml Cognac VOP
  • Sicilian lemonade to top up

Method:

  1. Pour Cognac over ice.
  2. Top up with lemonade and serve.

Craving some more Cognac inspiration? Catch The Three Drinkers In Cognac on Amazon Prime now.

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