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Cognac Classic Week Launches in Chicago

Cognac Classic Week Launches in Chicago

“Harmony. Mastered from Chaos,” is the new campaign from LVMH’s Hennessy brand promoting its V.S.O.P. Privilège Cognac, highlighting its production process (did you know it was commissioned by commissioned by King George IV of England) and to also coincide with Cognac Classic Week. Cognac Classic Week in Chicago will be celebrated July 14 through July 21 at several (21) Chicago area bars and lounges. We were invited to kick it off on a cognac crawl of 4 hotspots around town that made varied creations using the VSOP Privilège Cognac.

First stop was Drumbar atop the Raffaello Hotel in Streeterville where beverage manager Whitney Morrow created the Cherry Coach Car using Michigan Tart Cherry liqueur, Mandarine Napoléon liqueur, Bar Keep Organic Chinese bitters and fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

Whitney Morrow’s Cherry Coach Car Whitney Morrow at Drumbar


We were then whisked off to the Broken Shaker at the Freehand to taste the creation by Scotty Lobianco. He made the Salted Pretzel Sazerac using Hennessy V.S.O.P. Privilège, George Dickel Rye whiskey, house-made salted pretzel syrup and house-made Finch’s Beer Co. Secret Stache stout bitters.
Scotty Lobianco’s Salted Pretzel Sazerac


After some laughs, bites and sips it was off to the third stop on the crawl, Travelle at the Langham Hotel where James Urycki and Priscilla Young made my favorite drink of the night!  It was an interpretation of the sidecar called Sidecar #2; even if you are not a dark liquor fan, you will love this drink (its a sneaky one) and then find yourself ordering three more – just make sure you are chasing it with water. It’s made with Hennessy V.S.O.P. Privilège, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, superfine sugar and house-made tobacco Curaçao, orange peel that’s lit on fire, served in a sugar rimmed glass.

James Urycki from Travelle Kitchen & Bar at The Langham

We capped it off at Virgin Hotels’ Commons Club for the Japanese, but first a history lesson from bar manager Jon Harris on how the drink came to be known as the Japanese,  made with house-made sesame orgeat and Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Teapot bitters. 
Jon Harris at Virgin Hotel

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The participating Cognac Classic week bars are below.
Pops For Champagne
City Winery
City Winery Riverwalk
Commons Club at Virgin Hotels Chicago
Travel Kitchen at The Langham Chicago
Broken Shaker
The Gwen
The Betty
Sushi Doku
Roka Akor
River Roast
Booze Box
Bar Siena

Photo credit: courtesy Hennessy


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