Celebrate Bastille Day and all things French spirits with three cocktails made by bartenders as part of our Countdown to Bastille Day with Heavenly Spirits!
Importer and distributor of exceptional French alcohol, Heavenly Spirits, teamed up with bartenders from the Chilled 100 to create a collection of stunning cocktails showcasing the versatility of the spirits of France. To celebrate Bastille Day, we’re sharing the last two bartenders who participated in the exciting countdown. Zee Zammit of Atlanta, used Du Peyrat Cognac Organic Selection and Marie Duffau Bas Armagnac Napoleon to create her two cocktails. Nick Zerance of Denver, used Delord’s stunning Blanche Armagnac and Bastille 1789 Whisky to create his new classic, Last Dream of the Soul.
Since 1705 the family of Distillerie du Peyrat has been distilling cognac. Owner Jean-François Rault had been working with larger brands before deciding to begin his own venture – producing organic cognac. The house creates just over 160,000 bottles of their subtle and fruity cognac a year. The brand takes sustainability seriously and has a range of initiatives, including the use of solar power to supplement their electrical needs.
In 2005 France approved a new Appellation d’Origine Controlée (AOC) for Blanche Armagnac. Delord Blanche Armagnac is an excellent example of the new designation with a rich, fruity, and rounded palate that works in a range of uses. The expression pairs well with a wide range of flavors, including caviar, smoked fish, and desserts like lemon tarts.
Using a mix of 70% Ugni blanc, 20% Baco, 5% Colombard, and 5% Folle Blanche grapes, the Delord Armagnac house has had centuries of success creating beloved spirits. The Armagnacs were sold under the two names, Delord and Marie Duffau, each name taken from a grandmother of the family. Their Marie Duffau Bas Armagnac Napoléon expression has notes of cocoa, cake batter, vanilla, and orange rind. The spirit is aged for a minimum of six years and has a soft, tannic finish that plays well in a wide range of cocktails.
The Daucourt family has been creating spirits for the last four generations. After getting inspiration from their Irish mother, Jean-Marc, Edouard, and Charles Daucourt were inspired to start making whisky. As one of the first makers in the new category, Bastille 1789 creates a French Blended and a Single Malt both using a 150-year-old cultured yeast strain. Nick used the blended in his cocktail, playing up the notes of dried apricot, orange marmalade, and gingerbread.
The Wildflower Sour
By Zee Zammit of Atlanta, GA
- 2 oz. Du Peyrat Cognac Organic Selection
- 1/2 oz. Orange Juice
- 1/2 oz. Wild Flower Honey Syrup
- top with Soda
Preparation: Shake first three ingredients until cold, strain over a large ice cube in a rocks glass. Garnish with a dehydrated blood orange wheel.
By Zee Zammit of Atlanta, GA
- 2 oz. Marie Duffau Bas Napoleon Armagnac
- 3/4 oz. Lemon/ Orange Juice
- 3/4 oz. Triple Sec
Preparation: Dip half the rim of a Nick and Nora glass in honey and raw sugar. Shake ingredients with ice and strain. Garnish with a large lemon twist.
Last Dream of the Soul
By Nick Zerance of Denver, CO
- 1 1/4 oz. Bastille 1789 French Blended Whiskey
- 3/4 oz. Delord Blanche Armagnac
- 1/4 oz. Lavender Vanilla Syrup
- 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
- dash of Peychaud’s Bitters
- spray of Absinthe
Preparation: Add your bitters, syrup and lemon juice to your shaking tin then add your spirits. Fill tin with ice and give a vigorous shake. Strain over fresh ice, spray the top with absinthe and garnish with an expressed lemon peel and an edible flower.