Toast Jay Z on National Cognac Day

Did you know that National Cognac Day is this Sunday, June 4?  Well, now you do! And to celebrate the occasion the folks at D’USSÉ™ Cognac have come up with two fresh cocktails to tempt you from your regular weekend libation go-tos. We bet Jay Z will be raising a glass with one of the drinks detailed below since, well, he owns the brand, which has has a large celebrity fan club that includes DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Fabolous, and Romeo Santos among other A-listers.

Originating at the Chateau de Cognac, France, D’USSÉ cognac, curated by cellar master Michel Casavecchia,  has a range that includes VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) and XO (Extra Old).  Because of its proximity to the Charente river in southwest France , the chateau, one of France’s oldest cognac houses, is able to leverage two microclimates within its walls: a humid cellar that helps develop the cognac’s  fruity, floral notes, and a dry cellar that brings out the liquor’s woody, and spicy tones. The chateau blends the two eaux-de-vie for the finished cognac.

Cognac, of course, is produced solely in the Cognac area of France. To be considered a bona-fide Cognac, its production can only come from the white grapes grown in specific approved growing regions in the area. Cognac also needs to be aged for at least 2 years in French Oak Casks and be a minimum of 80 proof by volume.


D'USSE Sidecar

1½ parts D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac

1 part triple sec

¾ part freshly squeezed lemon juice

¼ part sugar


D'USSE Lemonade

1.5 parts D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac

3 parts Simply Lemonade

In New York you can try the D’USSE Sidecar at American Whiskey, Saxon + Parole, and The Vnyl. The D’USSE Lemonade is served at Milk River, Bowlmor Times Square, and Bowlmor Chelsea Piers.