Secret Americana and the $200K Bottle of Hennessy

So I’m a little distracted as of late because I just learned that I’ve been invited by the fine folks at Herradura Tequila on a trip to Guadalajara, Mexico!  Stay tuned, of course, for more details.

What does this title above mean?  Well, check out this beautiful jewel-ridden chest:

Beaute de Siecle

This is a big deal for Hennessy.  The above chest was commisioned by avant-garde artist Jean-Michel Othoniel and includes bronze, Baccarat crystal, metal latice work, and of course the Beaute de Siecle Hennessy Cognac, which is a limited edition blend that has cognac that is up to 100 years old with the youngest being 47 years old.  One of these chests was recently auctioned off for Elizabeth Taylor’s AIDS charity – and it went for a mere $200,000.  Make sure you don’t mix this cognac with Red Bull.

What connection does this all have to me?  The event side of my company put a gathering together for the elite of NYC, to show off this chest, and the versatility of Hennessy in cocktails.  Set in the midst of the Sikkema-Jenkins Museum (in Chelsea) where Jean-Michel Othoniel’s “Secret American” exhibit was, we mixed, shook, and served some extra special Hennessy cocktails.  In  keeping with the ‘Americana’ theme, we wore plaid shirts and khaki pants.  One of the cocktails being served was a classic – the Sidecar.  So here is the recipe, so you can dream of 6-figure bottles of cognac as you’re imbibing:


Hennessy Sidecar

1 1/2 oz. Hennessy V.S. Cognac

1/2 oz. Grand Marnier

1/2 oz. Fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz. simple syrup

Directions:  Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish: Lemon wedge

Sidecar Cocktail


1 Comment

  1. It really is crazy how expensive that Cognac is. See here for the TOP 10 of the most expensive Cognacs:

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