D’USSÉ Cognac hosted the annual Culture Cocktail Competition at Harlem’s 67 Orange during the Manhattan Cocktail Classic.

Guests crowded around the wood paneled bar of the bi-level space and munched on delicious bar snacks and looked on as young bartenders from around Harlem came together, sharing anecdotes about their culture while showing off their cocktailing skills.

The new guard of Harlem bars and restaurants (think Mountain Bird, Red Rooster, and 67 Orange among others) really represent the coming together of cultures, with spots opening up left and right that are open to anyone. In this spirit, crowds gathered from all around the neighborhood to see what the fuss was about in the packed bar.

The sense of camaraderie between the Harlem bartenders was apparent as they anxiously awaited the announcement of the winner. The night finally came to a close when the “Startender,” which balanced the spice of D’USSÉ with the sweetness of mango and blackberries, created by Jacob from Cedric’s Bistro, was declared the winning cocktail.

If you are looking for a fruity summer cocktail, make sure to swing by Cedric’s Bistro for a D’USSÉ Startender!

Here’s the winning recipe:


“The Startender”

Muddle mango in mixing glass and build:

  • 2 oz D’USSÉ Cognac
  • 1 oz maple syrup
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice (squeeze half of lemon)
  • Add ice and shake

Preparation: In highball glass, muddle blackberries (2-3) and top with crushed ice; strain peach-lemon-syrup-cognac in, finish with tonic for dryness and bubbles, and a peach cut in a heart-shape.

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