Jeremy Allen, the head bartender and general manager at Los Angeles’ MiniBar, incorporates Four Roses bourbon, Laird’s apple brandy, fresh apple juice, apple cider vinegar and Fee Brothers black walnut bitters into this cocktail. Apple cider vinegar has long been considered healthful with a laundry list of potential benefits, including helping control blood sugar, supporting immune function and aiding digestion. The Apple Press “screams fall/ winter fireplace without being a hot drink,” says Allen. “It incorporates apple cider vinegar, which is helpful in preventing the onset of colds and the flu.”
Washington, D.C. French restaurant Mirabelle's take on the classic French 75 uses a namesake brandy from France, made from delicate mirabelle plums, as well as locally made vodka. “The fresh lemon juice adds brightness and acidity, while the simple syrup rounds out the drink, without making it cloying,” says Zach Faden of his cocktail. “The Mirabelle brut rosé provides refreshing levity and effervescence.”
For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team. This drink by Matthew Polzin of The Olde Bar is inspired by the Philadelphia Eagles, whose team color is represented by the Green Chartreuse and team’s eagle represented on the bottle of Fernet-Branca.
Averna and cognac balance out this civilized sip.
This pear brandy cocktail is a nod to the Star Trek episode "The Inner Light." In it, Captain Picard loses consciousness for 20 short minutes but winds up experiencing decades of a double life in his altered state on the planet of Kataan, a dying planet with water issues, in the village of Ressik. In this new reality, he’s known as a flute-playing family man named Kamin.
It tastes like a warm spiced apple, despite an unlikely list of ingredients.
This cocktail was created by Steven Lucas at Raised for Cognac Classics Week, presented by Liquor.com and Hennessy VSOP Privilège.
This cocktail was created by Nahm Kim at Sunda for Cognac Classics Week, presented by Liquor.com and Hennessy VSOP Privilège.
This cocktail was created by Dustin Drankiewicz at Moneygun for Cognac Classics Week, presented by Liquor.com and Hennessy VSOP Privilège.