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Cognac Summit

Cognac Summit

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 ....

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