LIQUID COURAGE
National Punch Day is Here!

We picked out some of the best new punches and found you the recipes. That way, you can try them at home or at the bar. Here are our top five from the emerging punch revolution.

1. Fishhouse Punch Royale

You may not be able to get this at the bar if you're a New Yorker (unless you find yourself suddenly in Seattle), but this recipe highlights the long tradition of punch as interpreted through a modern lens. The original version of this colonial-era recipe was said to be a favorite of George Washington. Try this tweaked concoction, re-vamped by mixologist Jamie Boudreau, of Canon in Seattle.

Ingredients
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Pass the Courvoisier

Courvoisiology (n.) [kor-voss-ee-ah-luh-gee]

1. An unexpected blend of cognac and creativity.

2. The art of mixing cognac in untraditional ways, serving it at unexpected occasions, and introducing it to a creative lifestyle.

Courvoisiology is a new philosophy that pushes the boundaries of how cognac should be experienced, brought to you, of course, by Courvoisier. For the New York City launch, guests gathered at Millesime to experience a night of cognac with cocktails created exclusively for the event by renowned mixologists Moses Laboy and Duane Fernandez, Jr. Unlike other standard tasting events, this one showcased different flavors of Courvoisier cognac, along with smoking test tubes, bubbling beakers, and an array of spices and ingredients that can be used in an Courvoisier cocktail. While guests nibbled on passed hors d'oeuvres they sampled the creative cocktails being concocted right in front of them by the mixologists. During the event it became apparent that whether you choose to sip on Courvoisier Rose, Gold, or C by Courvoisier, you can really pair these diverse cognacs with bold and unexpected flavors and walk away with a great cocktail. If you need some convincing, feel free to whip up one of the cocktails from the event!

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Attention NYC: Cognac Tasting Tomorrow

Nicolas Palazzi of PM Spirits, who specializes in sourcing rare spirits, will be leading a tasting of Pineau des Charentes and Cognac with specially paired cheeses tomorrow, March 29th from 6:30-8:30pm. Nicolas was born to a family of winemakers in Bordeaux. He learned the art and science of Cognac under the tutelage of his grandfather's best friend, whose family started distilling around 1702.

During the event, Nicolas will guide you through a tasting of old Pineau des Charentes, a combination of Cognac and unfermented grape must (both red & white). These Pineaux are harvested by hand and some are made with six year old cognac and are bottled only when the right proof is achieved naturally. These libations will be paired each with a different cheese, selected carefully by artisan organic cheese importer, Seymour Pond of Pondini. Next, Nicolas will take you through some of the best cognacs and explain the distillation process and how different styles are created. All of the cognacs will also be paired with specially selected cheeses. What's on tap for the evening? Check out exactly what will be served below: