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Poison of the month: Bisquit V.S.O.P Cognac

Oct 18, 2018, Author: Hello Joburg

Bisquit Cognac is made with the spirit of sharing in mind. So, while the weather keeps getting warmer and a certain sense of celebration lingers in the air, we suggest sharing a bottle with your loved ones – trust us, it’s a party starter.

About: Founded in 1819, the House of Bisquit Cognac was born in the heart of France, from the philosophy of one man – Alexandre Bisquit. He was no ordinary man; not content with the expected. He wanted to live an extraordinary life, so he chose to have faith in himself and to pursue life’s adventures. He travelled across China, Europe and Russia, gifting the taste of his unique Bisquit Cognac to artisans and admirers.

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The history of cognac cocktails: Many people believe that Cognac is a spirit that should be enjoyed neat with a few ice cubes and consider mixing it with other beverages a sin! However, this view could not be further from the truth. The use of Cognac in cocktails goes back as far as the early 1800’s when the cocktail was invented – it was known as a “barman’s best friend”. Back in those days, pioneering mixologists only had a choice between brandy, gin or whisky. Brandy, particularly French Cognac, was extremely sought-after in America, where the cocktail culture was born. In fact, Cognac was a signature ingredient in some of America’s first-ever classic cocktails like the Sidecar and the original Sazerac.

Flavours: Bisquit V.S.O.P is smooth and mellow in character with a long finish. On the nose and in the palate, it reveals a bouquet of full, ripe fruit (dried apricots) and spice (cinnamon and clove).

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Why it makes the perfect cocktail: Bisquit Cognacs are well-known for their specific roundness and supple aromas, thanks to the hand-crafted distillation process. The aim is to create a crisp, refreshing cocktail that preserves the Bisquit Cognac aromas and has very few ingredients so as to allow anyone to be able to make it.

Try one: Bisquit is available at leading retailers including Makro, Norman Goodfellows, Tops @ Spar and Takealot.com.

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COCKTAIL RECIPE:

THE BLUEBERRY SOUR – courtesy of Blank Bar

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Ingridents:

* 60ml Bisquit V.S.O.P

* 25ml lemon juice

* 5ml Simple Syrup

* 15ml Blueberry jam

Method:

* Reverse dry shakes all ingredients and fine strain into a chilled coupette.

* Garnish with lemon oils, discard zest and sprinkle with beetroot dust.

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