Sometimes cocktails seem like just one more thing you have to do when you have people round but this summery cognac one is so easy it's no hassle at all.
I tasted it at a a pop-up supper club I was co-hosting for the Bureau National Interprofessional du Cognac (for which - declaration of interest - they paid me). But they didn't ask me to run the recipe or tweet about it. I just thought it was so good I wanted to pass it on. And you don't even need a shaker - you just make it in the glass.
For each glass you need
1 strip of lime peel/zest
4 thin slices of fresh ginger
40 ml (1 ½ oz) VSOP cognac
60 ml (2 oz) traditional lemonade (something like R. White's - nothing fancy)
1 long strip of cucumber peel
An old-fashioned/rocks glass
Place the lime zest and ginger slices in the glass.
Pour in 20 ml (3/4 oz) of VSOP Cognac.
Lightly press the lime and ginger 2 or 3 times using a pestle (in other words 'muddle' it)
Half fill the glass with ice. Stir well for 5 seconds using a bar spoon.
Pour in the remaining cognac
Add the lemonade and cucumber peel.
Stir well for 5 seconds and serve
You can reduce the amount of cognac if you want to, obviously, and skip the muddling and it'll still taste good.
* If you're wondering the cocktail is named after the International Cognac Summit in 2008 which brought together mixologists from all over the world to create cognac cocktails. Bet they had a good time ....