Brrrr! Man, winter is upon us and it has been cold outside. When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing like being inside where it’s warm and relaxing with the perfect cold weather spirit. And that’s where my favorite brown liquor comes into focus. That’s right, cognac. Not only perfect for the BBQ or Sunday fish fry but when done right and with the right offering, cognac can enhance those chilly nights by the fireplace. Let’s discuss.

A Refreshing Renaissance of the Classic Cocktail

The cocktail is back. The delicate balance of spirits and builders has rejuvenated all around us. Complex libations crafted by your favorite bartender have resurged. We aren't reliving the simple one-two punches: the rum and cokes or the vodka sodas which previously solidified their places in American bars and restaurants. Instead, the rebirth of classic cocktails is enjoying its intricate position atop the patron’s “most-wanted" list.

Where to begin? Well, it starts back to the days of watching my father order up drinks on family outings. Beer and a side car of vodka. I knew he enjoyed beer but I never knew why he asked for the shot of clear liquid. There was just something about seeing it in the small glass that intrigued me.

Now before I get started, let me say this…if your only memories or experiences with tequila involved a guy named Jose Cuervo while on spring break in Mexico or shots in some nondescript back alley bar, you should read this. And then revisit tequila and some of your choices in life. 

There comes a time in your life when you start to realize that a change is going to come and there are better versions of things you are currently doing. For me, that time and opportunity came back in July 2004.

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