Gascony | Le Maudit Français

Armagnac | Le Maudit Francais
Photo by Meg Baggott

Gascony mapIn the Southwest corner of France, just below Bordeaux, you’ll find gorgeous Gascony. This is the spiritual home of culinary delights like foie gras, and it’s also where Armagnac is made. It’s a grape brandy similar to Cognac, but a bit more robust and rustic. Delord X.O. Armagnac ($55, 40% abv) is a velvety textured spirit to savor. The countryside perfume of this 15-year-old brandy evokes notes of fresh flower, hay, fig and vanilla, with a crème brûlée flavor that fades away ever so gently.

Le Maudit Français

Courtesy Gwladys Gublin, for Experimental Cocktail Club, Paris

Le Maudit Français translates as “Bloody French,” an expression used in Canada to criticize the French in an affectionate way. In this recipe, Armagnac meets Canadian maple syrup for a complementary, fall-appropriate sipper.

  • 1¼ ounces Armagnac
  • ⅓ ounce oloroso Sherry
  • ⅓ ounce orange juice
  • ⅓ ounce lemon juice
  • ⅓ ounce maple syrup
  • 1 dash Bittermens Boston Bittahs
  • Orange rind, for garnish

Place all ingredients, except garnish, into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, then strain into a chilled Champagne flute. Garnish with orange rind.

Published on September 16, 2016
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Kara Newman 
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Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email:

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