With dark nights drawing in, these days we’re favouring warming, comforting wintry flavours. And of course – it’s all about staying seasonal and as simple as possible. We love a mixologist-created cocktail as much as the next person, but after a long day at work, it’s best to keep things straightforward and shake up a sure-fire winner. Cognac is an ingredient you might not have considered for cocktails, but that would be a mistake! From the the oldest major cognac house, Martell VS is a deep, rich spicy blend with notes of citrus, pear and saffron. And it matches beautifully with mixers too. The Ginger Spice is the cocktail you’ve been waiting for…

martell ginger spice

35ml Martell VS
15ml Blackcurrant or Blackberry Liqueur
10ml Lemon Juice
Ginger Beer

Build in a hi-ball glass over cubed ice and top up with ginger beer. Garnish with crystallised ginger, blackberries or a lemon slice. This also works well prepared in larger quantities as a ‘punch’ for parties.

martell cocktail

For more information about Martell and special cocktail recipes, see the brand’s website.