Cognac Cream Sauce with Beef

Juicy slices of Beef Tenderloin with Cognac Cream Sauce make an elegant and impressive centerpiece to any special occasion dinner.

Enjoy Cognac Cream Sauce with Beef this holiday season by using this recipe.

cognac cream sauce over beef

Ingredients for Cognac Cream Sauce with Beef

For the beef

  • 1 trimmed whole beef tenderloin (3-1/2 to 4 lb.)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 medium clove garlic, mashed to a paste
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil

For the cognac cream sauce

  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup minced shallot
  • 1/2 cup Rivente Cognac
  • 3 cups unsalted or lower-salt chicken stock or broth
  • 4 small sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 oz. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1/4 cup using a rasp grater)
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice; more as needed
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce


Sear-roast the beef

  • Fold the thinner end of the tenderloin under to create an evenly thick roast; secure with twine. Rub the beef all over with 1 Tbs. salt. Wrap it in butcher paper or plastic wrap, put it on a platter or rimmed baking sheet, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Remove the beef from the refrigerator and let sit for about an hour before roasting. Meanwhile, position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 475°F.
  • In a small bowl, combine the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, honey, soy sauce, thyme, and a few grinds of pepper; set aside.
  • Heat a flame-proof roasting pan over medium-high heat, using 2 burners if necessary. Add the oil, swirling the pan to coat, and then add the beef. Cook, turning with tongs, until well browned on all sides, about 12 minutes total. Transfer to a cutting board; wipe out the pan.
  • Brush the glaze over all of the beef, return it to the roasting pan, and roast to an internal temperature of 120°F for rare, 16 to 20 minutes, or 125°F for medium rare, 22 to 26 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, tent with foil, and let rest for 15 minutes.

Make the cognac cream sauce

  • Melt the butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the Rivente Cognac, turn the heat up to high, and boil until reduced by half, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the stock and thyme and boil until the mixture has reduced to just over 1 cup, 15 to 20 minutes. Discard the thyme sprigs.
  • Stir in the cream and black pepper and lower the heat to maintain a gentle boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is reduced to 2 cups and is a bit thicker than heavy cream, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the Parmigiano, mustard, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Once the cheese has melted, season to taste with more salt, pepper, or lemon juice.
  • Slice the tenderloin 1/2 inch thick and pour any juice that has accumulated over the sliced beef. Serve the beef with the sauce.

Make Ahead Tips

The sauce may be made 1 day ahead, but be sure to let it cool before covering and refrigerating. Reheat gently.

The tenderloin can be tied and salted up to 2 days ahead; keep it wrapped in butcher paper or plastic in the refrigerator.


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      Top 5 Cognac Mixers

      No more wondering what to mix with your cognac.

      Rivente should be enjoyed YOUR way but here is a guide with the top 5 cognac mixers for you to start with. The legend of Cognac is one that’s shrouded in history. And for many, in mystery. The drink is so iconic that many mistake it as one that need to be consumed in a certain way. But in all honesty, nothing could be further from the truth. Because it’s one of the most versatile spirits you can think of. So if you ever wonder what to mix with Cognac, then let us introduce you to the wonderful world of Cognac mixed drinks; a place where the only limit is your imagination.

      Guide To Top 5 Cognac Mixers For Any Occasion

      1. Cognac and Ginger Ale
      We hear you ask not just what are the top 5 cognac mixers, but what soda to drink with Cognac? Well the spicy taste of ginger marries delightfully with certain Cognacs. In fact, there are many Cognac cocktails that use the strength of the spice to create a delicious long drink. If you fancy a long, refreshing thirst quencher, then pairing a quality VS or VSOP with ginger ale and ice is a great combination. Use a high ball glass, a shot of your favorite Cognac, and a generous portion of ginger ale. We particularly like it with Fever Tree Ginger Ale, or, for an exotic twist, use the Fever Tree Spiced Orange Ginger Ale, which combines sweet clementine and cinnamon. Together with the Cognac, the flavour explosion is exotic and sensual, one that will really hit the spot for those who value a high end drinking experience.
      ginger ale top 5 cognac mixer

      Interestingly categorized cognac mixers…

      2. Coca Cola
      Now, they’ll still be a few purists out there who wouldn’t dream of such a mix. But when it comes down to Cognac mixers, the time-enduring taste of Coke combined with a powerful eau-de-vie creates a flavour infusion that millions enjoy. For us, we like a splash of the fizzy stuff, ice, and a slice of lemon. The combination is really good to drink with Cognac. A quality VS, VSOP, or Napoleon Cognac is a great choice, and one that leans towards the spicier range of the spectrum works best.
      coca cola cognac mixer
      3. Iced Tea
      Fans of the most famous Cognac in the world will be keen to know what to drink with Hennessy Cognac. Now, it might not sound the most obvious choice, but combining it with iced tea is an incredible twist on a drink that’s a favorite with millions around the world. Mix 1.5 oz of VS or VSOP Rivente Cognac , 2 oz of unsweetened cold tea, 1 oz of simple syrup, and 0.5 oz of fresh lemon juice. Shake it up with some ice in a cocktail shaker, garnish with a twist of orange, and voila—your drink is ready. Enjoy.
      iced tea cognac mixer

      Regularly categorized cognac mixers…

      4. Tonic
      Never underestimate the humble tonic as a great way to mix and enjoy Cognac. It pairs perfectly and brings out the tones of fruit that Cognac is noted for. Fever Tree produces a range of different tonics that you can experiment with. From Premium Indian to Light Mediterranean, Refreshingly Aromatic to Elderflower, each adds a unique twist and is a seriously good mixer to drink with Cognac.
      Check out our tonic tasting to get a bit more of an idea of the difference between Schweppes and Tomr’s, as seen below in the photo. But there’s no need to stick to a particular brand, craft tonic is now a real thing. So relish the differences, and try them all.
      tonic top 5 cognac mixer

      5. With water or soda
      Whisky drinkers will be very familiar with adding a drop of water to their liquor. But it’s not so widely done with Cognac, which is a real shame because it’s a great mixer. Don’t overdo it, of course. But a few drops will stir up the flavors and aromas, subtly revealing another side to the Cognac you’re tasting.
      water cognac mixer

      Those are our top 5 cognac mixers!

      We hope you drink, enjoy, and share with a friend sometime soon. Check out our store locator below to find one nearest you.

          Cognac Orange BBQ Wings


          Rivente Cognac Orange BBQ Wings?! YES! Orange and cognac go together like up and down.  Like bacon and eggs. It’s really a fabulously delicious pairing, and if you haven’t tried it even in drink form, you’re about to receive a blessing. Chef Resha of Carnal Dish basically concocted a BBQ sauce version of the nifty pairing, that seriously goes well on ANYTHING! Shrimp, chicken, fish, pork, veggies — anything you’d put BBQ sauce on. Trust us on this one, guys. It’s just damn good.

          She put this sauce on some wings — and she baked those wings using the baking powder method, but it seriously doesn’t matter how you cook your chicken. You can fry these wings, do whatever you want! This is about the sauce.


          Words from Chef Resha:

          Now, on to the recipe…I chucked some onions in this so they could get all jammy and caramelized, they cling beautifully to your food. The orange marmalade is IMPORTANT here!  It provides the most amount of orange flavor and the necessary pectin to thicken this lovely sauce. The base of this sauce uses Heinz Chili Sauce (you can find this literally anywhere ketchup is sold), but if for some strange reason you can’t find Chili Sauce, just use ketchup.

          Aside from the chili sauce/ketchup, orange marmalade, and necessary spices — this recipe is pretty lenient. You can leave this out, or that out, and it’ll still turn out to be delicious — given that you’re tasting it as it cooks down. Don’t be a jackalope and do this recipe to the letter without tasting it as you go, that’s just foolish. That very last splash of Cognac at the end is also very crucial. You cook off most of the alcohol, and you’re left with delicious cognac flavor — but punching that up a bit with fresh liquor is amazing.

          DESCRIPTION Rivente Cognac Orange BBQ Wings

          This recipe is more about the sauce. You can fry your wings, grill them, however you’d like to prepare them. Just toss them in that delicious Rivente Cognac Orange BBQ Wings Sauce, and get your life.




          Rivente Cognac Orange BBQ Wings sauce :

          • 1 12oz. bottle Chili Sauce (or ketchup)
          • 2 tbsp mustard (creole, brown, dijon, or yellow)
          • 2 cloves garlic, minced
          • 1/2 small yellow or sweet onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
          • 3/4 cup Rivente
          • 1/4 – 1/2 cup orange juice
          • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
          • 1/23/4 cup brown sugar
          • 1/2 – 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
          • 1/4 cup honey
          • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
          • 2 tbsp soy sauce
          • 1 tsp smoked paprika
          • few dashes of worcestershire
          • few dashes of liquid smoke (optional)
          • granulated garlic, to taste
          • granulated onion, to taste
          • black pepper, to taste

          INSTRUCTIONS Rivente Cognac Orange BBQ Wings


          1. pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. mix all of the dry ingredients together until combined, sprinkle over the chicken until coated. you may or may not need all of this mixture, just make sure each piece is covered nicely. Bake the chicken for 20 minutes. Flip the chicken over and bake an additional 20 minutes. Flip one last time and bake for 10-15 minutes or until completely crispy. Toss with the Orange-Henny BBQ Sauce.

          TO MAKE THE Rivente Cognac Orange BBQ Wings Sauce:

          1. Put everything in a pot over medium/medium-low heat, bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Once sauce has reduced and thickened (should take about 20-30 minutes), turn off the heat and hit it with one final splash of Rivente (about 1oz). Store leftover sauce in an air-tight container and use it for something else. Will keep for a week.

          Cognac Christmas Cocktails Recipes

          Tis the season for a cognac Christmas!

          Cognac Christmas Cocktails Recipes are changing the game daily at holiday parties. Cognac is currently enjoying a renaissance thanks to the boom in cocktail culture as mixologists revamp classics such as the Sazerac, French 75 and Sidecar, adding their own twists with innovative new ingredients.

          Innovative bartenders have a whole range of tools at their disposal to create show-stopping cocktails which might leave you stumped, but experimentation doesn’t have to mean space-age equipment.

          From VS to VSOP and XO, at noon or midnight, there’s never been a better time to mix up a Cognac cocktail.

          Check out a few of our favorites below.

          1. Pink Life Cognac Christmas Cocktail

          Cognac Christmas Cocktails
          Cognac Christmas Cocktails

          Ingredients 20ml VSOP Cognac 10ml Raspberry Liquer 90ml Champagne 1 Fresh raspberry

          Method Put the Cognac and the liqueur into a flute glass and top with chilled Champagne. Garnish with a raspberry.

          2. Sidecar 

          Cognac Christmas Cocktails
          Cognac Christmas Cocktails

          Ingredients 40ml Cognac 10ml Fresh lemon juice 10ml Triple sec Ice cubes Slice of orange peel

          Method Place the ice cubes in a shaker with Cognac, lemon juice and triple sec. Shake well. Strain into the glass using a cocktail strainer and press the orange peel over the drink.

          3. Mint Julep Cognac Christmas Cocktail

          Cognac Christmas Cocktails
          Cognac Christmas Cocktails

          Ingredients 60ml VSOP Cognac 2 dashes Angostura bitters 10ml Sugar syrup 4-5 Sprigs of fresh mint Crushed ice cubes

          Method Lightly muddle one sprig of mint with the sugar syrup and bitters in the bottom of a highball glass. Remove and discard the mint. Fill the glass with crushed ice and add the Cognac, stirring well with a bar spoon. Garnish with the remaining sprigs of mint

          4. Cognac Old Fashioned

          cognac old fashioned
          cognac old fashioned

          Ingredients 60ml Cognac 4-5 dashes Angostura bitters 1 White sugar cube Dash of Soda water 4 Large ice cubes Twist of orange peel

          Method Place the sugar cube in the base of an old fashioned glass. Soak with the bitters and a dash of soda water, then crush the sugar with the back of a bar spoon. Add one third of the Cognac and two ice cubes and stir well. Add another third of the Cognac and one ice cube and stir well. Repeat with the remaining Cognac and ice cube and decorate with a twist of orange peel.

          5. Cognac Summit

          cognac cocktail lemonade
          cognac cocktail lemonade

          Ingredients 40ml VSOP Cognac 60ml Traditional lemonade 3-5 Large ice cubes Long strip of cucumber peel Strip of lime peel 4 Thin slices of fresh ginger

          Method Place the lime and ginger slices in a glass. Add the VSOP Cognac. Lightly press the lime and ginger 2 to 3 times using a muddler Half fill the glass with ice and stir well for 5 seconds using a bar spoon. Add the traditional lemonade and the cucumber peel. Stir well for 5 seconds using a bar spoon.

          6. Brandy Crusta Cognac Christmas Cocktail

          Cognac Cocktails

          Ingredients 50ml Cognac 10ml Orange Curaçao 2 dashes Maraschino liqueur 2 dashes Angostura bitters 10ml Fresh lemon juice Long spiral of lemon peel Lemon juice and sugar to garnish

          Method Prepare the glass by crusting the glass rim with fine caster sugar. To do this moisten the rim with lemon juice and dip it into a saucer filled with sugar. Put all of the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake, then strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a long spiral of lemon inside the rim of the glass.


          Of course we want for you to enjoy Rivente Cognac YOUR way but we love to help you every once in a while!

          Have you enjoyed any of these Cognac Christmas Cocktails this holiday season?

          Coffee and Cognac Recipe “Late Night Pick Me Up”

          Coffee and Cognac Recipe : Late Night Pick Me Up

          Coffee and cognac recipe  are a surefire way to spice up any evening, or in this case, any morning.

          Rivente cognac is a smooth blend of perfection that goes well with your favorite cocktails. It comes  in VSOP/XO and Napoleon. As a result of its smoothness, it can blend with many cocktails, we thought we’d give you a few ideas to start with.  We never want to tell you how to drink Rivente, or any other cognac for that matter, but it wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t give you a nudge in the right direction.

          Have you ever wanted a kick to your coffee?  Morning or night, whatever your way to drink Cognac is, you can enjoy this perfectly crafted recipe to go with Rivente cognac.  Check out this handcrafted coffee and Cognac recipe.

          This recipe is titled Late Night Pick Me Up…

          The coffee and cognac ingredients you need are:

          • 1 cup of coffee
          • 1.5 oz. Rivente
          • .75 oz Bailey’s
          • Simple syrup

          The Instructions to make this cognac cocktail are:

          First, Measure all ingredients above.

          Next, pour them into a glass.

          Then, Sweeten to your taste with simple syrup.

          Lastly, Serve immediately and enjoy, drink, and share!


          Rivente’ is a super premium cognac that is blended for you, the hard worker, the entrepreneur, the hustler, the never give up, do it my way person that you are.  Rivente’ was made for you, so enjoy it your way.

          In conclusion, Whether you are drinking Rivente cognac this way, or another way, we always want you to drink it YOUR way.

          We also encourage you to drink Rivente neat or possibly in a fruity cocktail way by indulging in something a little more sweet.  We have another handcrafted Rivente cognac cocktail that you are sure to enjoy, check out our Aloha Rivente recipe and try it out at your next dinner party soon.


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              Cognac Margarita Recipe “Rivente Rita”

              Cognac Margarita Recipe : Rivente Rita

              Rivente’ is blended to be enjoyed, first and foremost. We know that you enjoy Rivente your way, but if you want to try a cognac margarita recipe that is sire to make you the talk of the town at your next gathering, try this one.

              Use this special blended recipe, and add a new spin on to send to us as well!

              Rivente’s Special Crafted Cognac Margarita Recipe

              Ingredients for Rivente cognac margarita:

              • 1.5 oz Rivente
              • 1 full oz of Cointreau
              • Fresh squeezed 1 oz  of lime
              • Fresh squeezed 1 oz  lemon
              • 1 table spoon of agave

              Instructions for Rivente cognac margarita:

              First Measure all ingredients above.

              Next, pour into a cold glass.

              Lastly, Serve immediately and enjoy, drink, and share!

              Rivente’ is a super premium cognac that is blended for you, the hard worker, the entrepreneur, the hustler, the never give up, do it my way person that you are.  Rivente’ was made for you, so enjoy it your way.

              In conclusion, Whether you are drinking Rivente cognac this way, or another way, we always want you to drink it YOUR way.

              We also encourage you to drink Rivente neat or possibly in a coffee and cognac cocktail way by indulging in something a little more sweet.  We have another handcrafted Rivente cognac cocktail that you are sure to enjoy, check out our Late Night Pick Me Up recipe and try it out at your brunch soon.

              A Little More About Rivente…

              Ultimately crafted to whet the appetite of old-school bartenders as well as mixology experts, Rivente makes its way to the tumblers of America. Officially launched as a French cognac with an American attitude, the handcrafted spirit bucks tradition by fully embracing it. Giving cocktail creativity a boost while still tethered to everything time-honored about cognac, the brand ups the ante on stylizing a drink without guilt.

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                  How To Drink Rivente Cognac

                  Cognac is a liquor that can be paired with a variety of drinks to achieve a bold taste and an even more flavorful experience.  Enjoy cognac on a girls night at home or out on the town at your favorite lounge.  

                  Here are a few things to consider when drinking cognac…

                  Neat and Nice:

                  If enjoying your Rivente cognac neat, or as an unmixed liquor, it is great in a rocks glass with a splash of water or a two or three ice cubes so that they can melt slowly.  The slow water dilution opens up new flavors of the aroma in Rivente cognac.  


                  Rivente cognac doesn’t freeze because of its high alcohol level.  Including it into a drink with crushed ice reveals a velvety smooth taste that is sure to satisfy during any style of meal.  

                  During dinner:

                  Rivente cognac tastes great as a dinner beverage.  Drinking it mixed with tonic water or ginger ale provides a fruity element that pairs best with seafood like oysters or lobster.

                  We hope you enjoy these tips with your next bottle of Rivente VSOP.  

                  8 Reasons Why Cognac Is Better Than Whiskey

                  Cognac and Whiskey get compared a lot but in actuality, it takes a lot more work, class, and sophistication to create cognac.  Cognac is a higher class liquor in general for that reason right there, yet take a look at the list we have below and it will convince you more than we ever could.

                  1. Cognac is the most complex spirit in the world to make.  It takes the longest time to produce – centuries, in some cases.  Therefore it’s also the most expensive spirit to consume.
                  2. The biggest difference is that Cognac is made from grapes and Whiskey from grain, most usually barley. This grain is mixed with yeast and water, distilled, and then aged in oak barrels.
                  3. Cognac begins life as fermented grape juice that first turns into wine. This wine is then double-distilled, before also being aged in oak barrels.
                  4. Cognac is French.  The French know how to make good food. They also know how to make great wine – everyone knows that!  So anything that derives from wine AND originates from France – as Cognac does – must be the best.
                  5. Cognac-making underlies extremely strict regulations. For example, Cognac can only be produced in the region of Cognac in France (which is near Bordeaux), while Whisky can be produced anywhere in the world.  Another rule for Cognac is that it must be distilled twice in order to qualify as a real Cognac.
                  6. Cognac has Jay-Z, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, and many other rappers “bigging up” the drink – in their music and their personal life.  Whisky does not have such cool ambassadors.
                  7. Cognac is the oldest and most traditional cocktail ingredient: Long before Whisky, Brandy was used in cocktails and long drinks.
                  8. Cognac gives you no headache. It is very rare to get a headache after drinking Cognac.

                  Drink cognac, not whiskey.  Drink Rivente cognac, not other brand cognac.  Make the switch today.  It’s as simple as that, we are sure you will taste the difference.

                  Rivente Cognac Is Better Than Hennessy.

                  1.  The origin of the brand
                  Rivente was created as a way to encourage the new American dream.  It is the only black-owned cognac brand in the U.S.  It’s ideals encourage a vision for black excellence, vision, and expanded growth.Hennessy was created to serve hundreds of years ago founded on a principle of decadence for generations of their leaders.  It’s culture doesn’t highlight the excellence of diversity in a light that opens the expectations of a growing black culture.
                  1. Taste
                  Rivente’ Cognac VSOP is an elegant blend of eaux-de-vies from three of Cognac’s great winegrowing regions, or crus. Cognac’s two greatest crus, Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne, make up around half the blend. delicatefinesse and charm. The blend is complemented with eaux-de-vies from Cognac’s largest cru, Fins Bois, known for their wonderful fruit and floral aromas. The result is a super-premium VSOP Cognac of exceptional balance and harmony. Produced at one of the few remaining independent houses in the Cognac region, Rivente’ Cognac VSOP is double distilled according to the Charentaise Distillation Method of 1936. The Laclie family has used the same handmade copper pot still for generations.
                  1. How it’s made 
                  Rivente’ Cognac VSOP is steeped in excellence synonymous to that of its consumers, not tradition. Our cognac uses a higher quality grape combination than the standard. We elegantly blend eaux-de-vies from three of Cognac’s finest winegrowing regions, preserving aromas of soft fruit, perfumed flowers and vanilla. Rivente’ is double distilled according to the Charentaise Distillation Method to produce a super-premium VSOP Cognac of exceptional balance and harmony.Hennessy is made from grapes grapes grown in the Charante region of France. With its chalky, stony soil and sunny temperate climate the region is perfect for vine growing.For Hennessy, the cru is made up mostly of Ugni Blanc grapes, which have prevailed as the dominant grape in the Cognac region. Only the eau-de-vie from the first four crus is used  due to its fruity, light white wine ideal for distillation.The grapes are pressed to get the juice which is left to ferment for two or three weeks using modern fermentation processes, usually in October. Yeast is added to the juice, which helps convert the sugar in the juice into alcohol of about 7% to 8%.Order a bottle of Rivente Cognac today and taste the difference for yourself!