Pineau Month Spotlight: Sarah Morrissey and the La Adventure cocktail

As Pineau Month continues, we are excited to showcase all of the creative Pineau des Charentes cocktails being served at bars and restaurants across the country. First up is the La Adventure, created by Sarah Morrissey, made with a creative and flavorful combination of Pineau des Charentes, Suze, dry white wine, grapefruit bitters and soda. As the Bar Director of Ernesto’s in NYC and a Pineau des Charentes Academician, Morrissey is a big fan of Pineau des Charentes. “Pineau des Charentes is an excellent ingredient to create unique and sweet cocktails,” explains Morrissey. “It inspired the La Adventure, my signature cocktail.”

The vibe of the La Adventure cocktail is, says Morrissey “spring, siesta, relaxing into sunset, easy drinking, light crips a touch of natural sweetness.”

As part of Pineau Month, the cocktail helps showcase the unique flavors of Pineau des Charentes. Pineau des Charentes is a fortified wine from France and many in the bar industry feel it deserves its moment and opportunity to shine brighter in the cocktail world. Hence, all October long, we will celebrate Pineau Month; a month-long celebration of Pineau des Charentes, a unique product from France.

It’s an opportunity for spirits enthusiasts in the U.S. to learn more about this gorgeous beverage, its uses, and the passion behind its production. Thirsty — along with Pineau de Charentes — invite you to read up on Pineau’s history, virtually meet its producers, and try it at your favorite bars. There will also be opportunities to connect with Pineau des Charentes bar partners Frank Mills, Richard Allison and Sarah Morrissey.

Late bartender Josue Romero will also be remembered during the month-long activation, with a cocktail he created before his tragic death will be on offer — and a touching tribute to bar world legend.

Pineau des Charentes is made in the same Charentes region of Western France where Cognac is made and shares a great deal with the spirit. Made from a combination of grape juice and Cognac eau-de-vie and aged in oak barrels during long months, it is typically made from white grapes but can also use red as well to obtain white, red and rosé Pineau des Charentes.  The result delivers a fruit forward beverage that rides the delicate line between wine and spirits, with a low ABV, around 17%. Bartenders are increasingly reaching for  it to craft lower proof offerings for guests and as a more delicate option to evoke subtle flavors slightly reminiscent of other grape based beverages in a cocktail.

La Adventure cocktail recipe + preparation

  • 1.5 oz. Pineau des Charentes White
  • .25 oz. Suze
  • 2.5 oz. dry white wine
  • 2 drops Bitterman’s grapefruit bitters
  • Splash soda

Build in wine glass garnish with olives and lemon horse neck


Follow these profiles to see how other bartenders and sprits enthusiasts are using Pineau in their cocktails!

Eddie Zamora – TheYumYumFoodie
Bar Max – BarMaxLA
Kitty Corbo – theyogibartender

For more on Pineau Month, visit

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