For many, the similarities between music and cocktails may seem minimal at best. But during D’USSE cognac’s intimate D’USSE Remixer event in Atlanta, myself and a handful of others learned firsthand the parallels between booze and beats.
Before being treated to an intriguing intro to D’USSE courtesy of its creator Michel Casavecchia, we mixed and mingled while sipping on “Jasmine’s Punch.” Serving as the signature cocktail for D’USSE Remixer, “Jasmine’s Punch” was a not-too-sweet combination of D’USSE, St. Germain (my fav!!), pear liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Jasmine tea. It may have looked and sounded dainty, but it packed quite the punch.
From there, we headed to the studio to meet with producer extraordinaire 9th Wonder (Kendrick Lamar’s “DUCKWORTH,” Jay Z’s “Threat”) to create a remix to Jay Z’s The Black Album track, “Dirt Off Your Shoulder.” Before remixing Hov himself, which I may or may not have struggled with, 9th let us listen to the various components (isolated vocals, vocals with music, etc.) for Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Fantasy.”
The night got a little boozier as we headed back to our cocktail stations to create a remix on a classic cocktail, with help from National Bacardi Portfolio Ambassador Colin Asare- Appiah. I’m big on names, so I of course had the name for my cocktail wayyy before I had any clue what ingredients I’d be using. Given that my cocktail was the “Mai Tai In Paris,” I opted for ingredients that seemed somewhat Parisian. The end result was a Lushworthy combination of D’USSE, orgeat, raspberry liqueur, and grapefruit bitters. You can find the full recipe to my Mai Tai remix, below.
Mai Tai In Paris
2 oz. D’USSE
.5 oz. Orgeat
.5 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
Combine D’USSE, orgeat, raspberry liqueur, and grapefruit bitters in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into coupe glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries.