Cognac and ginger ale might just be what the weekends call for.
With the holiday season just in the horizon, there are fewer weekends left before the year ends. And in the run-up to Christmas, you might want to make each one just a bit more special. So how do we do that? Well, we can start by trying a new drink.
The Ginger Highball is a cocktail that’s made with cognac, ginger ale, and a garnish like lime, orange zest, or lemon peel. It’s light and easy to make, which makes it a good pairing for meals, lounging in the afternoons, or even a nightcap.
And while the more common highballs are usually made with whisky, rum, or gin—cognac offers a different flavor profile altogether.
Cognac is a type of brandy that is made from white wine, which is double-distilled in copper stills and aged in oak barrels for at least two years. The spirit is heavily regulated, and to earn the name cognac, the grapes must come from (and be processed in) the Cognac region in Western France. In this way, it’s much like the other proprietary French beverages: champagne and armagnac.
But while there’s a lot of tradition behind it, cognac is also attracting a younger market, and cocktails are an especially attractive way to begin the foray into the drink (young or otherwise). Cognac house Rémy Martin has recognized this in a first-of-its kind collaboration in the Southeast Asia Pacific region. Teaming up with premium drink mixer, Fever Tree, they’ve come up with the Rémy Ginger kit.
The kit comes with one bottle of Rémy Martin VSOP (700ml) and two bottles of Fever Tree Ginger Ale (200ml), and this lets you make the ginger highball at home.
So whether you’re stocking up for the holidays or giving it away as a gift, it helps to bring more people into the cognac world.
The ginger highball is particularly easy to make, so we decided to give it a spin. Check out the video below to see how it’s done:
Aurelio Icasiano III has been in media for 14 years: as a television producer and writer, travel correspondent, book editor, and as editor of an internationally-awarded men’s lifestyle magazine. He runs an electrical construction company by day but spends all too much time thinking about the next story.