Alambra Royale

Alambra Royale

Alambra Royale

Sometimes it is hard to enjoy a cocktail when your drink is as frigid as the weather outside. Why not warm things up with a hot drink? The Alambra Royale starts with hot chocolate, then adds soft oak and light fruit flavours to create a warming winter cocktail.

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz Courvoisier VS Cognac

5 oz Hot Chocolate

Orange twist for garnish

Dollop of whip cream (optional)

Method

Prepare some hot chocolate and pour it into a heat-resistant glass or mug about 3/4 of the way full. Next, we need to warm up the Courvoisier VS Cognac. Pour the cognac into a metal ladle, set the liquid on fire with a match or lighter, then carefully pour into the hot chocolate.

Be very careful any time you are using fire. If you are concerned about the use of fire, skip heating up the cognac and pour it directly into the hot chocolate.

Twist an orange peel over the entire drink and rest on the glass.

Add whipped cream if desired.

Courvoisier Cocktail

Courvoisier Cocktail

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, it’s the ideal time for cocktails made with spirits that have been aged in oak. Cognac is one such spirit. Courvoisier VS cognac has a smooth fruity and soft oak taste. To complement the smooth cognac, this week’s drink includes light orange and subtle apricot fruit flavours and a splash of gingerale fizz. Zest of orange adds an aromatic touch.

Ingredients

1 oz Courvoisier VS cognac

½ oz BOLS Apricot Brandy liqueur

1 oz fresh orange juice

Gingerale

Garnish with a twist of orange peel

Method

In a shaker filled with ice, pour in all the ingredients except gingerale. Shake and strain into a glass with new ice. Top with gingerale and garnish with an orange twist.Using juice “not from concentrate” is best in cocktails. The better your ingredients, the better the end result will taste.

Tips

Cognac has aged statements that are represented by VS (very special) Aged at least two years, VSOP (very superior old pale) Aged at least four years, and XO (extra old) Aged at least six years.

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