Armagnac is the oldest spirit in France, first mentioned in 1310 and evading centuries of natural disasters and surviving two world wars to be enjoyed today. It is a grape-based spirit produced in the eponymous Armagnac region of Gascony in southwest France is the oldest continually distilled spirit in both France and the world.
Not to be confused with its more widely known, contrastingly industrially-produced brandy stepbrother Cognac, Armagnac is made traditionally using wood-fired column stills (which are much more environmentally friendly than factory-driven mass
distillation). As a result, Armagnac is a niche, it is the ultimate in the craft as everything is carried out by hand.
Armagnac “may not be the best known, but it is known by the best”.
Bhakta Spirits is the sole owner of the oldest, rarest, and most valuable spirits collection on earth—and a luxury spirits brand dedicated to reviving ancient spirits, bringing them to market, and returning them to consumer, trade, and cultural
Here, five Armagnac cocktails to check out this summer:
Made with one white sugar cube, three dashes of Angostura Bitters, 2 oz. Bhakta 27:07
Build in a room temperature whiskey or rocks glass. Saturate the sugar cube with the bitters, add a bar spoon (1/8 oz.) of soda water and gently muddle to create a slightly granulated paste. Add spirit and ice sphere. Stir gently 15-20 times.
Blend .5 oz fresh lemon juice, 1 oz. peach liqueur, 1.5 oz. Bhakta 27:07
Shake with ice, and strain into a chilled coupe.
A mix of .75 oz. fresh lemon juice, .75 oz simple syrup, 1.5 oz. Bhakta 27:07, and soda water
Shake with a small piece of cracked ice and strain into a chilled Collins glass over a Collins spear. Top with soda water. Garnish with an orange wedge and a cherry.
Jack in the Box
This concoction is made of .5 oz. fresh lemon juice, .5 oz. simple syrup, 1 oz. fresh pineapple juice, and 2 oz. Bhakta 27:07
Shake with ice, and strain into a chilled double rocks glass over an ice sphere. Garnish with an apple slice or an apple “fan”.
Th last one on our list combines 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth, 2 oz. Bhakta 27:07, and two dashes of orange bitters
Stir with ice, and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist and star anise.
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