It’s as casual as you are
Americans tend to see the French as very cultured, if only so we can then add fossilized jokes about “Except for liking Jerry Lewis.” As such, we think you need a degree to appreciate the complexities of French cheese and wine. But Cognac enjoys the same simplicity and satisfaction you do!
No one can make Americans celebrating a holiday act classy if they don’t want, and the good news is, Cognac’s versatile enough to be enjoyed even in casual settings. You don’t have a leather chair and a 300 year old fireplace? No problem. Fire up the karaoke machine and fix yourself a sidecar or a French Connection.
The sidecar’s fairly simple, requiring sugar, lemons, triple sec and, of course, Cognac, and is refreshingly sweet enough to satisfy even the most casual of Cognac drinkers. The French Connection is simpler still with a 1.5 oz Cognac to .75 oz amaretto almond liquor mix.
But if you really want to keep things light and refreshing on a summer’s day, just add Cognac, ginger ale and ice. It’s a spin on the Dark & Stormy, but you call it whatever you want to. After all, it’s National Cognac Day, and you’re an American.
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