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Hennessy Presents the Holidays Hamptons Style

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Hennessy cocktails

There comes a point in a long, social summer where you just can’t look at another boring glass of chardonnay. Hennessy decided to spice things up, treating guests to the Holidays Hamptons-Style.  In this heat, you can’t beat a dose of a wintery wonderland filled with amazing cocktails with a gentle water mist blowing pool side.  While you may picture yourself sipping cognac by the fire in Aspen, you may be surprised that Hennessy V.S. is a go-to spirit for mixed sassy summer cocktails.  Think of Hennessy V.S. like pearls, sophisticated in its purity, but when paired with a leather choker on a bikini clad beauty, ready to be naughty.

Jordan

Jordan

Hennessy mixologist extraordinaire Jordan Bushell has an occupational hazard – he’s extremely popular at parties.  “You don’t want to be the guy who’s the most knowledgeable about booze,” he laments, “You always get drawn into the bar.”  But if you are lucky enough to catch him while he’s working you are in for a taste bud treat.

Drunken Cranberries

Drunken Cranberries

He’s big on ingredients you can prepare in advance and also a fan of punch.  Apparently historically the original “cocktail” formula came from punch and almost always included cognac.  “You’re pairing strong, sour, sweet, weak, and bitter in a balance,” Jordan noted.  But like mixing paint colors you want to arrive at a new vibrant hue instead of a muddled brown.  He will surprise you with a sprig of fresh thyme to add not only flavor but a scent to the cocktail or mix in evaporated milk to come up with an egg-nog meets pina-colada.  And of course a key is in the cocktail shake.  Not just a straight up and down but an around and around to break up the ice and ingredients.  Think samba with your hands.

Hennessy V.S. Limited-Edition

Hennessy V.S. Limited-Edition

Hennessy is also adding a new sense of design into its mix.  The event debuted the new creative bottles with designs ranging from street cred to high tech.  The Hennessy V.S. Limited – Edition bottle is designed by Futura a famous street graffiti artist and will be on shelves August 15th.

V.S.O.P Privilège Collection 3

The V.S.O.P Privilège Collection 3 is designed by Chris Bangle, head of BMW Designs and will be out November 1st covered in carbon matte grey lacquer with luminescent ink as well as 3D images.

Hennessy Holiday Mixed Drinks

Spiced Orange Smash

Spiced Orange Smash

Spiced Orange Smash

Ingredients

1 ½ oz – Hennessy V.S

¾ oz – Velvet Falernum

2 Dashes – Angostura Bitters

1 heaping tbsp – Orange Marmalade

½ oz – Fresh Lemon Juice

Glassware

Rocks Glass

Garnish

Orange Twist

Instructions

  • Add all liquids to a shaker tin with ice
  • Shake until well chilled
  • Fine strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass
  • Garnish with an orange twist
There's Always Thyme

There's Always Thyme

There’s Always Thyme

Ingredients

1 ½ oz – Hennessy V.S

1 oz – Thyme Apricot Honey Syrup* (recipe to follow)

¾ oz – Fresh Lemon Juice

1 Dash – Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters

1 Splash – Amaretto

Rehydrated Apricot

Fresh Thyme Sprig

Glassware

Rocks Glass

Garnish

Rehydrated Apricot

Fresh Thyme Sprig

Instructions

  • Add all liquids to a shaker tin with ice
  • Shake until well chilled
  • Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass
  • Garnish with a rehydrated apricot from the syrup, and a fresh sprig of thyme

Cranberry Spiced Punch

Cranberry Spiced Punch

Cranberry Spice Punch

Ingredients

3 cups – Hennessy V.S

1 cup – Brandied Cranberries* (recipe to follow)

¼ cup – Brandied Cranberry Syrup

4 cups – Cranberry Juice

1 ½ cups – Fresh Lemon Juice

¾ cups – Pure Maple Syrup

1 cup – Apple Juice or Cloudy Apple juice

Apple Slices

Drunken Cranberries

Glassware

Punch Glasses

Garnish

Apple Slices

Drunken Cranberries

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a large punch bowl with 1 large ice block
Hennessy Coqui

Hennessy Coqui

Hennessy Coqui

Ingredients

1 cup – Hennessy

½ cup – Ten Cane Rum

2 oz – Grand Marnier

2 oz – Frangelico

3/4 cup – Evaporated Milk

1 ¼ cup – Coconut Cream

2 – Egg Yolks

1 tsp – Vanilla Extract

Freshly Grated Nutmeg

Glassware

Punch Glasses

Rocks Glasses

Garnish

Freshly Grated Nutmeg

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and lightly blend, do not leave on high speed, we are not trying to create foam
  • Leave in the fridge for 3-4 hours until chilled
  • Serve in punch glasses, or rocks glasses
  • You can serve it neat or over ice by preference
  • Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg

Apricot Thyme Honey Syrup

Ingredients

2 cups – Water

1 cup – Honey

20 – Dried Apricots

20 – Thyme Sprigs

Instructions

  • Add water to heat with dried apricots and thyme
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half
  • Add honey stir in and remove from heat
  • Allow to cool and run syrup through cheesecloth to remove any particle
Drunken Cranberries

Drunken Cranberries

Drunken Cranberries

Ingredients

1 ½ cups – Simple Syrup
2 – Cinnamon Sticks

10 – Cloves

4 – Allspice Pods

1 – Zest from Large Orange

1 cup – Fresh Cranberries

1 ½ cups – Hennessy V.S

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients except Hennessy and Cranberries to a pot and bring to a boil over high heat
  • When boiling, add cranberries for about a minute (or until all cranberries have split or popped)
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool
  • Strain liquid into a container
  • Add cranberries discarding all other particles
  • Add Hennessy to jar and ensure that the cranberries are fully submerged
  • Store in the fridge

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