Cognac has become a sought-after luxury in China, but like Scotch, it’s not to the taste of many drinkers there. Fortunately, the mixer of choice used to make it palatable–7UP– happens to make an excellent cocktail, which pairs well with many dishes in Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cuisine.
Hong Kong Cognac
- 1½ ounces Cognac
- 4½ ounces 7UP
- Maraschino cherry, for garnish
— Fill a highball or Collins glass with ice. Pour in the Cognac. Gently pour in the 7UP, and stir slowly seven times with a chopstick. Garnish with a cherry, and let the drink sit for 5 minutes to blend and chill.
7UP is recommended for this drink, but Sprite may be substituted. St. Rémy VSOP Brandy is inexpensive, and mixes well with Sprite and lots of ice.