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How to properly enjoy cognac

This luxurious grape-based liquor with spiced and rich flavor is enjoyed all around the world.

It’s an ideal pair on many occasions. Whether you like your cognac by yourself, or in a company, the act of relishing it takes form in many ways.

We’re here to help you get the most out of this versatile drink! 

Straight cognac 

If you take your cognac without ice or mixers, then go for an old one, aged for at least four years. The younger cognacs don’t possess the flavor or the complexity of the older ones. You should choose XO (Extra Old), aged for a minimum of six years, or VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale), aged for at least four years.

Pour a small amount into your glass and examine the aroma and color. Sip it slowly and hold it the mouth to relish its flavors. When you identify its different flavors, swallow it. Expensive and old cognacs have many flavors, but spiced notes like nutmeg, coffee, and cinnamon are most prominent. 

Mixed cognac

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Don’t use expensive cognacs in your mixed drinks; the other ingredients will cover the mellow, rich flavors. Choose younger, inexpensive cognacs, or mid-range ones. They go perfectly in cocktails. Popular choices are French Connection (with Amaretto liquor), Sidecar (with Cointreau and lemon juice), and Stinger (with Campari liquor and maple syrup).

How to serve – the glass 

The glass shapes your tasting experience. You can use wobble snifter, tulip, or balloon glass. Naturally, you should use tumbler or cocktail glasses for your mixed drinks. If you drink it on ice, serve it in a tumbler glass that has room for 2 ice cubes. In this way, you can hold it in your hand, making it easier to drink and smell.

Wobble snifter is difficult to set down, so you’ll hold it in your hand. This will bring the cognac to the right temperature. Tulip glass is like a long wine glass. Its shape allows the rich cognac aromas to distillate on its surface. Balloon glass has a short stem and a large body, allowing you to warm the cognac equally.

It’s important to warm the cognac for about 10 minutes before drinking it. The proper glass will help you warm it and intensify its aromas. 

Pairing cognac 

Food pairing

The cognac’s mellow floral note pairs perfectly with rich foods. It cuts through the richness and brings out the bright flavors. You can easily pair it with roasted meats, tomato-based pasta, or a duck confit.

Also, decadent cheese plates are excellent as snacks, appetizers, or a piquant “dessert.” Different cheeses taste well with different cognac’s ages. Aged parmesan and Roquefort cheeses, with their full-bodied and spicy flavors, pair wonderfully with XO cognacs. VSOP cognac pairs well with mature hard cheeses like aged Gouda and cheddar.

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It’s best to arrange a plate with two kinds of cheeses, cured meats, fresh and dried fruit, crackers, and roasted nuts.

Cigar pairing 

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A person enjoying a glass of cognac and a smoldering cigar is an image of sophistication and style. And, if you get the combination right, you’ll enhance the enjoyment of both. The older the cognac – the better will the pairing be. When choosing the cigar, try to match the cognac flavors. For instance, pair a mild-flavored cigar with a mellow cognac.

Our favorite choice is VSOP cognac and Macanudo Café cigar. The flavorful and smooth cognac with its fruit and honey notes makes the perfect mate for the similar smooth Macanudo cigar. 

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Lessons we learned from “Sex and the City”

“Sex and the City” entertained us for a long time. Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha have been our helpful friends through the years.

To be exact, from 1998 to 2004, they have left us with a legacy that goes further the duration of one of the best TV shows ever: “Sex and the City”!

The four women taught us lessons about life, love, friendship, and shopping that we can’t forget. And let’s admit – these lessons help us to get through our chaotic lives. So, we couldn’t be more excited to hear that “Sex and the City” is back! We are devastated that we don’t get to see Samantha in the revival, but we are still happy to see what our ladies have been doing through the years. 

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What Sarah Jessica Parker says about Kim Cattrall NOT returning

If we had not had this iconic HBO original, the thought of gathering with friends over cocktails to discuss masturbation and orgasms may have been a wild fantasy for many years. Who would have known 20 years ago, how much it would teach us?

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You can still be friends even if you don’t share every belief 

You don’t have to agree on everything and share every belief to be best friends. You will be much more of a good friend if you point out to your friends what they are doing wrong and speak freely out of your mind. Your friends will appreciate the honesty and be aware that whatever you say is for their good.

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Sex without love can be amazing 

“Sex and the City” showed us how wrong it is to think about sex as a nasty or even forbidden topic. We learned that it is fine to open up about it. They (especially Samantha) taught us that it is okay to have a little bit of fun – it is not a sin! Samantha was the queen of fun and sex! She taught us to enjoy the moment and that it is okay not to want a serious relationship, even though you are a woman. Every woman deserves to make her rules. 

“Sex and the City” taught us to be bold 

Do you remember when Samantha waited a few hours in a restaurant for the waiter to finish this shift? She thought he was hot, so she wanted to go home with him. She even paid the other woman still waiting to leave the restaurant. Okay, this is extreme, but you know what? It worked! So, if you want something, focus your time and energy on that thing! Go for it! 

Cheating (almost) always ends badly

Okay, we cannot forget the Aidan, Carrie, Big fiasco even if we want to. Even we all rooted for Big, and it felt good and right at the time, in the end, everyone involved wound up miserable. 

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However, we also learned that sometimes it is okay to forgive. We admired Miranda during her split with Steve. Her heart was broken, but she realized she truly loved him, and not being with him was going nonsense. She taught us that sometimes it is okay to listen to your heart. 

“Sex and the City” taught us not to force things

You should always remember that everything will happen in its own time. You can’t hurry love. You should ignore the pressure to find someone. Charlotte put so much pressure on herself to find her soulmate and live a perfect life, but she ended up marrying the wrong guy. 

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Always put yourself first

It is all good to look after your partner, but sometimes you must put yourself first. Samantha always made herself a priority, and she was right to do so. Who can forget the legendary “I love you too, but I love me more?”

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How to drink, eat, and be merry without getting fat

The holiday season is still here, and it’s time to drink, eat, and be merry! It’s time for good times, celebrations, and merriment! It sounds perfect, and it is, but not so much for your waistline.

A few glasses of wine, followed by prosciutto and cheese board, delicious pies, some spinach dip here, little puffy pasties there – and before you know it, you’ve added a few pounds. These little things do bring festive cheer and joy. And you don’t want to be like Ross from Friends and carry a holiday weight even in March.  

What if we tell you that you can drink, eat, and be merry, but still maintain your weight during the holiday season? It is all about balance.  You just need to follow these simple steps so you can stay fit this holiday season while still enjoy all the fun!

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Drink and be merry

Yes, you read it correctly. Prepare to do some serious drinking if you don’t want to gain weight this holiday season. You need to drink a lot… about 2-3 liters of water daily. We know you’re disappointed now, but with all the junk food and stress coming, hydration is crucial. 

Do you know that when you get the urge to snack, you’re actually thirsty and not hungry? Water is important for all bodily functions, but it also keeps you full. Also, you’ll avoid all the eggnogs you planned on drinking. 

Avoid snacking

Skip all the cheese, crackers, chocolate, and chips at the appetizer table. To avoid all that unhealthy stuff, have a hearty lunch or a light dinner before you go to a holiday party. You know it’s a bad idea to go grocery shopping when you’re hungry, don’t you? Well, the same goes for holiday parties. You need to eat before you go. If not, you’ll end up eating too many cookies, pastries, and pies.

And if you do feel like snacking something, focus on nuts, fruit, and vegetables instead. This will prevent you from snacking refined flour and excess sugar, which contribute to weight gain.

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Stay active and sleep well

You don’t have to set up your records in the gym in December and January, but you can stay active by getting daily walks. Also, if you don’t sleep enough, your metabolism will lower, and your calories will burn slowly. So, party all you want, but get your good night’s sleep, too. 

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Moderation 

Okay, now you’re thinking “But, it is the holiday season, not the time for a summer body. What if I want a piece of cake or a glass of wine?” Hey, have whatever you want! We won’t stop you. But if you decide to have a piece of cake, eat one, and avoid the other unhealthy foods. 

Also, we advise you to fill your plate with smaller portions of high-calorie foods like casserole and stuffing and fill in the gaps with nutrient-rich and high-protein foods. In this way, you can enjoy your holiday meals without overeating. It’s all about balance and eating in moderation.

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Dress to kill

You have been sticking to your training program. You look better than ever! So, show it off! Pick an outfit that will make you feel sexy. You can even treat you with a new outfit that boosts your newfound confidence.

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We’re trying to say – dress to kill your appetite! If your dress fits perfectly and you like how you look, you’re less likely to eat junk food and destroy your look. So, show up hot and fabulous, stay hot and fabulous, and enjoy the seasonal parties!

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Take care of your mental health during this weird holiday season

So, the holiday season is completely unrecognizable thanks to the pandemic. We know that is hard, so we offer you tips for how to cope.

The holiday and post-holiday season can be stressful at the best of times. But this time, several months into the pandemic, is definitely not the best of times. It has been hard to spend winter holidays away from loved ones and long-standing traditions. 

The holidays have looked different this year, but that, combined with the fact that we are still and will be in a pandemic for a while, makes this holiday season extra painful. There is hope now that a few COVID-19 vaccines have been approved. However, high-risk people and front line healthcare workers will be first to get protected, so that means our lives won’t be going back to normal just yet.

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And that is an even bigger bummer! We all thought that we “sacrifice” the holidays, but then we would get to live a normal life. But that won’t be the case for at least several months.  So, we know that all of us need help to protect our mental health while living through a pandemic during and after the holiday season.  

Plan tiny distractions during the holiday season 

Make a list of all of the tasks, hobbies, or projects you can do to stay occupied and follow up on each of them. Now is the time to learn how to cook and bake, organize your winter wardrobe, organize your library, watch black and white movies, or knit a beautiful scarf. 

Reframe your thinking

Stop telling yourself that you are staying home due to some crisis that is out of your control. That is frustrating! Instead, try to think that you stay at home because you are motivated to protect the ones you love the most. Modifying your holiday plans or staying at home brings us closer to the end of this pandemic, so next year we get to have back all our traditions. 

Go outside more than ever during and after this holiday season

You should find ways to spend time outdoors and experience the joys of the cold weather. This will make your days better. Bundle up and go for a walk, or you can even learn a new winter sport and have fun in the mountains. 

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Update your family traditions

If you miss the holiday traditions you have with your family and friends, see what you can do virtually. Make your special recipes together over FaceTime or Zoom and eat them together. Or host an ugly sweater party. The goal is to find creative, new ways to feel together even when apart. 

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Practice extreme coziness

Or like the Danish like to call it – hygge. This practice reminds us to appreciate the joys during this holiday season. Allow yourself to buy that soft onesie or blanket, curl up with a good book by the (virtual) fire, drink your favorite coffee, spend time with your pet, or treat yourself to a long bath.

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Ditch the pressure

You should know that it is okay to feel burnt out or stressed. Don’t put pressure on yourself to have a wonderful holiday season! We are all in this together, we all feel bad, so don’t feel miserable if you see that the others have perfect holidays on Instagram. They don’t.  

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