Doesn't this swanky French grape spirit reside in the beverage province of rich, white men in their private, paneled rooms? Isn't cognac what rappers grab at the neck and swig from in their bling-y cribs? Isn't it mostly for postprandial luxuriating or sultry babymaking? What, then, is it doing turning up in cocktails at MÃ©lisse, Black Market, Pour Vous, the Varnish and elsewhere, a gold-standard libation working the trenches and wells of the city's bars?
Flickr/Espen Klem cognac
I was wondering all this on a night out recently where I was handed a Sazerac made with the stuff -- a generous pour of Hennessy Privilege -- and I asked the guy who made it, Jordan Bushell, isn't this a waste of good cognac?More »