Just in time for National Cognac Day – which, if you somehow don't already have it in your calendar is this Saturday, June 4 – France's legendary house of Courvoisier has unveiled a luxe new bottle design and packaging for its V.S., V.S.O.P. and XO marques.
The new look for the spirit, Napoleon's favorite brandy, "pays homage to the brand's rich 200 year legacy of craftsmanship and innovation" and include a visual interpretation of the Eiffel Tower where, Courvoisier was famously served at the monument's opening celebration in 1889.
Courvoisier, which operates from its stately chateau on the banks of France's Charente River, sources eaux de vie from the crus of Grande and Petite Champagne, Boderies and Fin Bois to create its beloved blends. Its cognac is aged in handmade barrels from 200-year-old oak sourced from France's Forest of Tronçais.
Courvoisier has also created some tasty cocktails in honor of National Cognac Day, for which we've secured the recipes:
Ingredients: 1 ½ parts Courvoisier VS; ½ part passion fruit puree; ¼ part lime juice; ginger beer; 3-4 fresh raspberries.
Method: Build in cocktail shaker shake with ice and strain into large coupe glass; top with ginger beer; garnish with raspberries.
Courvoisier Vieux Carre
Ingredients: 1 ½ parts Courvoisier VS; 1 part rye; ¾ part Carpano Antica; Benedictine; Angostura bitters.
Method: Build in old fashioned glass and stir; garnish with expressed orange peel.
Ingredients: 1 ½ parts Courvoisier VSOP; 1/2 part apricot brandy; 1/4 part lime juice; 4 lime wedges; sparkling wine.
Method: Build in Boston shaker, add ice, and squeeze in limes; shake and pour into highball glass. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with lime wedges.