Two Hennessy Very Special cocktails inspired by Les Twins movements
In 2021, the Hennessy Very Special pays tribute to its pioneering collaboration with Laurent and Larry Bourgeois — the street movement creators known as Les Twins — with two new cocktail creations, capturing the energy and buzz of the dancing duo.
The "LIL BEAST" cocktail, Laurent’s, and the "CA BLAZE" cocktail, Larry’s, were composed by a mixologist friend of Hennessy, who worked side by side with Les Twins, drawing inspiration from their incredible energy and the many facets of their ground-breaking ‘move out loud’ collaboration. Dare to try shaking them up too – and find out who your favourite (twin) is.
"LIL BEAST" cocktail
The more reserved LIL BEAST cocktail by Laurent combines power and softness in flavours evoking his suave, flowing style. The warm, torrefied aromas of the Hennessy Very Special cognac are complemented by gourmet notes of almond and nutmeg recalling French pastries, counterbalanced by the acidic tang of lemon juice.
50 ml / 1.5 oz Hennessy Very Special
10 ml / 0.4 oz Almond syrup
20 ml / 0.7 oz Lemon juice
1⁄2 Egg white
Step 1: Pour all liquids into a shaker and add egg white. Shake vigorously to emulsify (without ice).
Step 2: Grate nutmeg into shaker in two or three swift, smooth strokes. Give the mixture one last shake with fresh ice.
Step 3: Strain into a coupe glass.
Step 4: Garnish with grated nutmeg.
"CA BLAZE" cocktail
The vibrant, punchy CA BLAZE cocktail nods to the speed and precision of the artist’s legwork. A fizzy cocktail with floral, spicy accents, it showcases the full-bodied taste of Hennessy Very Special, offset by notes of vanilla and elderflower, which has litchi-like tinge. For Larry those aromas resonated with childhood memories. Topped with ginger beer, this drink has both kick and fizz, while lime juice contrasts sweetness with a bright, fresh finish.
30 ml / 1 oz Hennessy Very Special
15 ml / 1⁄2 oz Vanilla syrup
12 ml/ 0.4 oz Elderflower liqueur
25 ml / 0.8 oz Lime juice
40 ml / 1.3 oz Ginger beer
Step 1: Combine all liquids in a shaker, except ginger beer, and shake it.
Step 2: Fill a glass with ice cubes and strain into a tumbler.
Step 3: Top with ginger beer.
Step 4: Garnish with lime wedge.
Hennessy V.S x Les Twins "LIL BEAST"
The art of creating Hennessy Very Special reveals surprising parallels with the world of dance. Using motion capture technology, Maison Hennessy preserved the exhilarating energy of Les Twins’ live performance and transposed those digital images into an original limited edition design. For the first time, a single limited edition is represented by two complementary graphic designs: each bottle features a likeness of either Laurent or Larry.
Hennessy V.S x Les Twins "CA BLAZE"
For the Hennessy Very Special 2021 limited edition, the French urban movement creators Laurent and Larry Bourgeois express the pulse of street culture in a dual design incorporating freestyle dance, original music and the Maison’s first-ever fashion capsule collection. Far more than a classic collaboration, this Hennessy Very Special partnership marks a brand-new horizon and a groundbreaking meeting of minds.
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