This Month's Recommended Spirit Hennessy VS
This month’s box, its beginning to look a lot like Cognac, was designed using Hennessy V.S. Cognac, a spirit which has been around for over two centuries and is now the most popular cognac in the world, selling over 50 million bottles a year. Made using a strict list of select French wine grapes and aged in Limousin oak casts for at least two years, the result is a beautifully balanced amber spirit which features a complex aroma of dry oak, hazelnuts and vanilla with a palette of green apples, orange, ginger, cinnamon and clove. A fantastic warming spirit for cold winter months, Hennessy V.S. is the perfect compliment to the cocktails found within this month’s Crafty Cocktails box.Get a Box
Its beginning to look a lot like cognac
While there are many spirits and cocktails that can fill the role of that perfect ‘holiday’ libation, for the Crafty Cocktails team, it’s all about brandy for this most magic time of year. Though to some it may seem obscure, for us it is the perfect holiday spirit for several reasons; it features beautiful notes of dry fruits, oak and a subtle sweetness that perfectly compliments cozy interiors where fires and soft lights ward off the cold outside. These characteristics are especially present in cognac, the most prized varietal of brandy, which is exclusively distilled in the Cognac region of France and is made using only high-quality French wine grapes, which are among the best in the world. Its quality and exclusivity greatly influenced our choice to use this in this month’s Crafty Cocktail’s box, it’s beginning to look a lot like Cognac, a box full of ingredients that bring the true potential of cognac to the forefront and is sure to make this your go-to holiday spirit from here on out.
Sugar Plums Dancing
The night was dark, and down in the bar
The tender was shaking, the best drink by far
It was dry, sweet and so full of spice
That everyone agreed, it was incredibly nice
With elderberry, bitters and crushed sugar plums
It complimented perfectly the Christmas to come
So, sit back by the fire, take in the glow
Of family and friends and a drink that’s just so
Crafty’s Champagne Cocktail
The laughter of friends, the low atmospheric pulse of a classic bassline on the speakers, the clink of glassware as people cheers to health and good times. These are the feelings we chase at this time of year, and the perfect party cocktail always helps with creating this sought-after vibe. This champagne style cocktail is sure to add a touch of class to any gathering, boasting a delicious range of classically inspired ingredients, such as Rootside Aromatic-ish bitters, Crafty Cocktails Bubbles syrup, and Champagne-infused dehydrated orange, with a touch of raw sugar for sweetness and soda for that quintessential effervescence which perfectly compliment the dry, fruity notes of cognac. Full of flavour and classic elements, this cocktail will definitely tickle the fancy of any party guest and is sure to bring many a *clink* to your next gathering. And really, isn’t that the sound you want to hear?
Rock Center Sour
Within the layered complexity and chaotic veneer of any metropolitan area, resides a creative muse which takes this energy and brings forth beauty, light and expression. It is not a coincidence that the best food, drink, art and music are born in cities, as their energy usually nurtures the spirit of the artists found within it. This complex sour reflects that ever-reliant source of expression, taking its roots on the ‘New York-style’ sour, with an extra emphasis on cosmopolitan intricacy. Starting with a sweet yet distinguished base of Hennessy V.S. Cognac, layers of flavour are added by elements such as Les Charlatans Cocoa Beetroot syrup, red wine molasses, Prosyro Zap solution and, of course, egg white, to bring in a velvety frothiness that compliments the dryness of this sour. Walk the streets of the city, take in its sights, sounds, and, most importantly, tastes, with this drink that is inspired by its arduous nature.
Trust your Bartender
Everybody has their favorite spirit, but also have spirits they’re not so crazy about. These opinions are built over a lifetime of experiences; that bartender who made you the most amazing vodka cocktail you’ve ever tried, that one time you drank too much tequila… there are endless factors that may contribute to our own personal opinions towards particular types of alcohol. While these biases are completely understandable, a Crafty Cocktails box subscription is all about education in the world of cocktail creation, and it is very hard to learn new things if you don’t step outside your comfort zone. We strongly encourage you to make your cocktails with the recommended spirit for the month, even if you think you don’t like it. If a recipe is well balanced and acutely aware of the flavor profile of its given base spirit, the result can surprise even the most discerning of palettes. Conversely, an attempt to substitute the recommended alcohol for another simply because of personal preference can result in disaster, as flavor profiles tend to clash rather than compliment each other. The recipes in a Crafty’s curated box are just that, curated to suit a particular base spirit. Trust our bartenders, they know what they’re talking about; let them show how something you thought you disliked, can become something you absolutely love. If you truly can't get down with the featured box of the month, we understand! You can choose one of our past boxes to start a subscription, just send us an email and request the one you want to start with. Cheers!