|Stefan Mårtensson and Anna Brynge|
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Little Quarter for a tasting of Grönstedts National 2012 cognac and a cognac cocktail inspiration/tasting. It started with master blender Stefan Mårtensson presenting this year’s National (the eighth annual edition), which is a 100% Grande Champagne, average age 40 years. We were told that they were looking for something different this time, and not being a cognac expert I thought it was similar to an aged rum – very deep, smooth and a little bit sweet, with notes of tropical fruit, wood and nuts – not bad! Being a limited edition of 1500 bottles with a price tag of 749 SEK for 500 ml (available at Systembolaget from June 1), it’s obviously only for sipping – and it sure was very tasty, but I think I’d rather spend my hard-earned cash on a nice demerara rum instead.
Anyway, the afternoon continued with Little Quarter bartenders Jimmy Dymott and Micke Karlsson presenting a selection of drinks to make with cognac – one of the most important spirits used in the beginning of cocktail history but which disappeared in the favour of gin, bourbon and rum. The drinks we got to try – made with the younger and cheaper Grönstedts VS – were classics Brandy Crusta, Breck and Brace, Milk Punch and Sazerac, but also one cocktail created specially for the event:
Siljan Bitter Sour
35 ml Grönstedts VS cognac
35 ml Angostura Bitters
30 ml fresh lemon juice
30 ml simple suryp
20 ml egg white
I know, it’s a lot of Angostura Bitters… but just as with Giuseppe Gonzalez’ Trinidad Sour and Stormy Mai Tai – it’s definitely worth it!