A Taste of Cognac

Two ounces of Hennessy VSOP, three-quarters of an ounce each of Cointreau and fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Shake over ice, strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass and serve up. Voila! The Sidecar. Is there a cocktail so simple, yet so elegant; so refreshing, yet so intoxicating? There are a variety of other cognacs and orange liqueurs you can substitute (Here’s a good analysis of the latter), … Continue reading A Taste of Cognac

A Toast to the French

As the world grieves for the French in the wake of the terrorist attacks earlier this month, it seems wholly appropriate to pay homage to the nation and its people by raising a glass in their honor, filled with their unparalleled gift to the civilized world. The third Thursday of November is Beaujolais Nouveau Day in France. And no amount of bullets or bombs will … Continue reading A Toast to the French