Following the launch of Martell VS Single Distillery, the Cognac brand has collaborated with Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA. Mr Lyan), working alongside brand ambassador Matthias Lataille to create a number of fresh takes on some classic cocktails.
Martell’s latest expression, VS Single Distillery marries spirits from a single distillation source in the Cognac region of France, delivering an intense, rich, fruity taste. Conversely, these fruity notes make the spirit ideal as a cocktail base. The Martell Mint Julep, for instance, features Martell VS Single Distillery, fresh mint leaves and sugar syrup – simple to make at home this weekend by following the recipe below, or watching the short instructional video.
“This is possibly one of the oldest mixed drinks of all time. While it is now widely recognised to be made using American Whiskies, it is perceived to have initially come from the Middle-East where it was made using Arrack, sugar and rose petal (and was known as the ‘Julab’). As the concoction travelled and reached Western Europe, Arrack was substituted by Cognac and the indigenous mint was used over rose petals. The Julep was born.”
50ml Martell VS Single Distillery/Cordon Bleu
15ml Sugar syrup
6 to 8 Mint leaves
Fresh peach, a slice
Add mint leaves and 1tsp sugar syrup to a glass. Top with Cognac then half fill the glass with ice.
Churn with a bar spoon, then crown with crushed ice. Garnish with more mint leaves (slapped, to release the aroma) and a slice of fresh peach.
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