Fencing In On Gascony - D’Artagnan Drinks Up French Flavor
D’Artagnan is a champagne cocktail named after a swashbuckling Gascon man who became a Musketeer and it features one of the Gascony region of France’s most famous products, Armagnac brandy. Some of Gascony’s other claims to fame are foie gras (fattened duck or goose liver) and black truffles.
The D’Artagnan drink is one of the those rare cocktails to specifically call for Armagnac in the recipe. Other examples include Charle’s Nightcap, Gascon, Flamenco, Lazy Lover and the Farmer’s Armagnac [sic].
One of the two main types of French brandy distilled from grape wine (as opposed to fermented apples like Calvados), Armagnac is not as well known as Cognac outside of Europe. In a way, Armagnac is sort of to Cognac, as D’Artagnan is individually to The Three Musketeers (Athos, Porthos and Aramis) as a whole.
D’Artagnan Cocktail Recipe:
- 1 tsp Armagnac brandy
- 1 tsp Grand Marnier orange liqueur
- 1/2 oz orange juice
- 1/2 tsp simple syrup
- 3-4 oz chilled Champagne
- Orange peel for garnishes
Directions - add the orange liqueur & freshly squeezed juice, Armagnac brandy and the simple syrup into a champagne flute. Gently stir these first four ingredients together, then top with champagne or sparkling wine. Garnish with an orange twist.
The D’Artagnan Cocktail Garnish - Touché
Just an ordinary peeler was used for the twist garnishing the rim of the flute as shown. However, if you use a coupe instead, which is wider and has a little more room, your channel knife will easily cut long slices of orange citrus peel that you can spiral around inside the glass. Or show off your silver sword slicing skills behind the bar if you’re a fencer.
Also, many D’Artagnan drink preparations call for an even more dramatic garnish. By using 3 long uniform strips of orange peel hanging over the side of a champagne flute you can symbolize The Three Musketeers and their swords as the finishing touch (touche in fencing).
Other Champagne Cocktails Similar To The D’Artagnan:
- Bucks Fizz - orange juice and champagne.
- Mimosa - orange (juice & liqueur) and champagne, although many leave out the liqueur.
- Valencia #2 - apricot brandy, orange (juice & bitters) and champagne.