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Cognac • Dry

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This obscure classic cocktail is a haughty after dinner drink that was once popular in elite gentlemen's clubs during Prohibition. Made with a heavy pour of Cognac, crème de menthe and a touch of absinthe, this minty refresher is a deceptively boozy tipple. While its origins are murky at best, rumor has it that the cocktail was made with crème de menthe and a garnish of fresh mint to hide the smell of alcohol on an imbiber’s breath after drinking at an illegal speakeasy.

The Essentials

Crème de Menthe
Mint leaf
Bar Spoon
The Details


2.25 oz Cognac
0.75 oz Crème de Menthe (opt for one that's not neon green)
1 dash Absinthe
Mint sprig, for muddling (optional)
Mint leaf, for garnish


  • Add the crème de menthe, Cognac and absinthe to a mixing glass. Top with ice and stir.
  • Using a Julep strainer, strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a fresh mint leaf.

Mix it Up

To replicate the original method for making the cocktail, which is more diluted, shake it instead of stirring. Using a Boston shaker, muddle mint with the measure of crème de menthe and a dash of absinthe. Add the Cognac and cubed ice to the pint glass and top with a shaker tin. Shake. Using a Hawthorne strainer and a fine mesh sieve, double strain the shaken cocktail into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf.

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