Craft Cocktail #6 | Cognac Punch ft. Remy Martin

July 22, 2015

I have always been a lover of brown liquor, whether it be one of the various types of whiskey, cognac, or a well-aged tequila. They all taste good to me. In my younger days, cognac was my shot of choice. The darker, the better. Knowing this, you can understand my surprise and frustration when I discovered my love of white cognac.

I was introduced to this spirit while working at a party during Essence Festival in 2014. Rem Martin was a sponsor. They were unveiling their new Remy V liquor. I approached it very close-minded. I thought cognac was something that shouldn’t be messed with. I never drank it mixed, only straight. I, naively, believed that it was the only true way to be consumed and enjoyed, but, now, I know that any good spirit can be made better by adding just a few tweaks to taste. Remy V has become my #1 choice in cognac. The taste doesn’t even compare to Remy VSOP. It goes down smoother and blends better in mixed drinks (you can barely taste it!) As far as cocktails, I use the same recipes for both white and brown cognac. It’s fun to taste the difference that each spirit offers. I have been hoarding this recipe for a while, but I’m finally ready to share it with others.

The Cognac Punch is a great summertime alternative for those who enjoy cognacs, like Hennessy and Remy Martin. It provides sweet, fruity, fresh flavors without overpowering the spirit and is great to sip. It’s great for a hot summer night or early summer afternoon.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

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  • 1.5 oz. Remy Martin V or Remy Martin VSOP
  • 1 oz. sour apple schnapps
  • cranberry juice
  • orange juice
  • lemon slices

STEP-BY-STEP

1 – In a Collins or highball glass, add ice all the way to the top of the glass.

INSIDER TIP: Adding ice is always an optional step. Many people who drink cognac dont like it to be watered down by the ice (which isn’t the case AT ALL). A great alternative to this is to chill all your ingredients before use. This solves the ice problem and the drinks come out cold! Chilling the glass is a great alternative, as well.

2 – Add shot of Remy V or Remy VSOP, in the picture I am adding the white cognac.

3 and 4- Add an ounce of sour apple schnapps, and add equal parts cranberry and orange juice to taste! You can add a little or a lot of juice, whatever floats your boat!

5 – Squeeze 1-2 lemon slices to add a little extra flavor.

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6 – Mix all in a shaker to evenly distribute.

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7 – Dress with a lemon slice, you can also add cherries or orange slices if you’d like!

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Et voila! The Cognac Punch!


Here is a little comparison I have compiled of Remy V and Remy VSOP. Both are french champagne cognac and 40% ABV.

Remy V

  • cant taste very much in mixed drinks
  • will sneak up on you…
  • VERY smooth
  • made of “choice” grapes, master-distilled, and cold filtered

Remy VSOP

  • more of a liquor’d taste
  • more flavorful
  • smooth texture on palate
  • hints of “summer fruit”
  • notes of oak and vanilla

This recipe should be enjoyed as instructed. Some people, when ordering drinks, will nitpick at the ingredients, take the ones they dont like out, and expect it to taste like what is promised. You can’t change the recipe and expect it to taste like the original, that’s not how it works.

The only way the recipe should be changed is if you liked the original, but theres something you would add or replace to make it better for you. The only way to truly enjoy a cocktail for what it is is to accept the way it comes and appreciate it for it’s qualitative value.


WTF IS UP WITH MY HAIR?

Well it started as flat ironed hair that had been put into braids to get a wavy look, but the rain and humidity ruined it. So, it turned into a blow out. I went from this…

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…to this.

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