The Charmed and Dangerous

This riff off the classic Sazerac features wine instead of rye whiskey.

Charmed and Dangerous
Charmed and Dangerous


  • 1½ ounces VSOP Cognac
  • ½ ounce Maury vin doux naturel wine
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon absinthe
  • 1 dried orange wheel or orange twist
  • 1 star anise pod, lightly blackened with a kitchen torch or over gas burner
  • Optionally, add a cinnamon stick


  1. Stir VSOP Cognac, Maury, maple syrup, and two 2″ strips lime zest in an ice-filled mixing glass until cold, about 30 seconds.
  2. Rinse a rocks glass or a frozen snifter with absinthe; discard. Strain cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a large slotted spoon into glass. Garnish with orange wheel, star anise pod and optionally a cinnamon Stick.
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