Armagnac Castarède Tasting Notes:

Straw to golden color.  Soft nut flavor with hints of ripened fruit, possibly faint floral in the finish.  Light in consistency, delicately sweet with nut skin lingering on the tongue.  Beautiful spirit!  Easily sipped as is, with a single cube to melt gracefully at will or in superbly built cocktails meant to highlight its wonderful qualities.

14 Juillet – Good Spirits by A.J. Rathbun

14 Juillet Armagnac Classic Style Cocktail - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin1-1/2 ounce Castarede Armagnac VSOP

1 ounce Cointreau

1/2 ounce Lemon Juice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake to blend and chill.  Strain into a cocktail glass.

This classic style martini plays upon the flavor of the Armagnac nicely.  A little of the nut tone is allowed to show through under the orange and lemon balance.  I like this one.  It reminds me of simple, well built classic cocktails.  Definite drink recipe to add to your repertoire of must try cocktails, especially during the holiday season.

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Classic Style Armagnac Cocktail Recipe: 14 Juillet