A Rosé By Any Other Name…Pass the Courvoisier

By Fabiana Santana

When you think of Courvoisier, you might envision leather soaked libraries with large snifter glasses and pairs of men in smoking jackets. Or maybe you think of Busta Rhymes. All that has changed now, thanks to the iconic brand’s newest product Courvoisier Rosé.

This is still Cognac, but it is Cognac is blended with french red-wine grapes for a much smoother and lighter feel. It’s also got hints of blackberry and cherry as well nots of vanilla, honey and vine-peach flavors. Yeah. Yum.  The flavor profile and lower alcohol content (it’s just 18%) makes for a good mixer in cocktails and is affordable, despite the big brand name – a 750 ml bottle is just $24.99.

And just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, Courvoisier has done the work for you and created the Rosé, White and Blue – the perfect cocktail to sip during your all day BBQ.

We’d also recommend marinating some berries in the stuff for a few hours before spooning them over some vanilla ice cream for a refreshing and drunken dessert. Moses Laboy, head mixologist at Harlem’s acclaimed Red Rooster restaurant and fan of Rosé agrees. ” I think one of the many great things about Courvoisier Rose is its versatility I really think the dessert options with this product are endless. I would absolutely make a drunken fruit with Rose. I personally enjoy spending time in the kitchen, so I would say you can spike a pudding or ice cream with Courvoisier Rosé, too. I would probably add some simple syrup to it just to bring up the sugar content a little more, then reduce it on a stove top, let it rest and chill.”

Opt for blueberries and strawberries to keep with the patriotic theme or try Moses’ favorite – watermelon!

Rosé, White, and Blue Cocktail Recipe

  • 1 part Courvoisier® Rosé
  • 1 part Thatcher’s™ Blueberry
  • 3 parts Champagne

Shake first two ingredients and strain into chilled Champagne flute.

Top with Champagne. Garnish with raspberries and blueberries.

Tips on hosting your own Fourth of July BBQ bash — food pairing and mixing the perfect cocktail.

We’ve got the recipe for the Rosé, White and Blue. What other mixers work well with Rosé Courvoisier for mixed drinks?

I enjoy cocktails that really showcase the spirit’s flavor profile, so I really enjoy experimenting with Rose and its sister product Courvoisier VSOP. I think these two marques of cognac really complement each other. Start with these two Courvoisier portfolio marques and then you can let your imagination run wild. Make some simple syrup, go to the supermarket and get a bottle of Angostura bitters, squeeze some fresh lime juice. Muddle some seasonal fruit. Just remember that the goal is to achieve balance in your flavor profile, so always start with less and gradually increase the amount of alcohol and mixers.

What are some good, light style cocktails to start drinking around the noon time to ensure you will still be awake for fireworks at night?

Anything sparkling is always a good way to go if you’re going to start early. You may want to go with something like The Pink Slipper (Courvoisier Rosé topped with Prosecco and a raspberry garnish) or maybe something a little more tropical like Courvoisier Rosé, guava nectar and topped with sparkling wine.

How do you transition from the lighter cocktails and food to heavier and stronger?

Bravely and without fear :)

What’s your ideal Fourth of July cocktail and party food?

Any well balanced cocktail or Tasty Courvoisier Rosé punch accompanied with hotdogs and med-rare cheese burgers with the works.

Make your own Rosé punch by mixing Courvoisier Rosé with orange juice and lemon lime soda. Garnish with a sprig of fresh lime.