Cognac was once a popular ingredient in pre-prohibition and classic cocktails. However, in recent years, it has become more of a sipping spirit and has lost its place on cocktail menus. Join us in July to revisit Cognac.

We’re partnering with CAMUS Cognac to discuss a bit about its history, how the Camus family make its award winning cognac and how your bar program would benefit from a hefty splash of Cognac on the cocktail menu.

COGNAC 101: Elevate your bar program with this classic French Spirit

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What You Will Learn:

  • How Cognac is made: from where it’s grown to how it’s distilled and aged.
  • Why Terrior matters, and how you should take it into consideration
  • The history of Cognac in cocktails, from pre-prohibition to present day
  • Creative ideas for incorporating Cognac into your bar program: from simple techniques to advanced

Watch the Release – or Catch the Replay:

The seminar will be released for viewing on July 10th at 11am PST, and we’ll send a reminder email to everyone on our list. (Want a reminder? Sign up here!) You can also submit questions for the speakers during the showing. If you can’t make the showing on the 10th, no worries! We’ll be sending out a free replay so you won’t miss it!

Meet the Speakers:

Alexandra Albu – Sales & Marketing Director, CAMUS Wines & Spirits

A member of Camus Wines & Spirits’ team since the subsidiary opened in the US in 2011, Albu is responsible for driving growth for the entire CIL U.S. portfolio across the United States.  In this capacity, Albu oversees the Sales and Marketing Teams, creates and implements programming in the on- and off-premise, manages distributor and key account relationships and develops gatekeeper training programs.

Her previous career has been in Hospitality and Events in some of Miami’s top venues- such as Barton G Group, Casa Casuarina- The Versace mansion and Fontainebleau Resort.

Tim Rabior – Bar Manager, The Other Side, Key West, FL

Rabior is an award-winning mixologist with many years in the industry. Originally from St Louis, MO, he has worked for places like Sanctuaria, St. Louis, Oddfellows in Miami Beach and Agave 308.

He currently runs the bar program at Caroline’s Other Side in Key West .

Dave Purcell – General Manager, Melrose Umbrella Co., Los Angeles, CA

Dave got his start in New York in 2007 at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Moving to LA, he began working at John Sedlar’s Playa under Julian Cox in 2012 and then Opened Dirty Laundry with Houston Hospitality.

He has run the beverage program at Melrose Umbrella Company since 2014.

Special Thanks to our Sponsor: CAMUS Cognac

CAMUS Cognac:

The House of CAMUS is the largest independent Cognac company in the world. Family owned and produced by five generations of the Camus family since 1863, CAMUS is dedicated to a single minded passion for creating great Cognac.

Seeing themselves as winegrowers first, the family is dedicated to preserving  CAMUS’s original values while fostering innovation and the search for exceptional aromatic qualities.

With products sold worldwide, CAMUS offers an award winning portfolio of Cognacs, from the more affordable VS Elegance to its high-end Masterpiece Collection.  CAMUS also offers specialty cognacs such the Ile de Re line, named after the most westerly most point in the cognac appellation. Additionally, CAMUS is the only producer to offer a 100 percent Borderies in both a VSOP and XO. The VSOP Borderies is the most awarded VSOP over the past four years.

Julia Tunstall

Julia Tunstall is the co-founder of A Bar Above and Chief Cocktail Taster. She's in charge of keeping things running smoothly around here, but you'll also find her stopping by on the Mixology Talk Podcast or hanging around the Craft Cocktail Club.