Dusse Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Dusse Lemonade is a refreshing cocktail made with Dusse Cognac, a high-quality brandy that Jay-Z helped bring to the market. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a balance of sweet and sour flavors, with a robust cognac base. It's a favorite at summer parties and barbecues, and is often enjoyed by those who appreciate a well-crafted cocktail with a bit of a kick.

How Dusse Lemonade Tastes?

The Dusse Lemonade is a delightful blend of sweet and sour, with the rich, warm notes of the Dusse Cognac beautifully complemented by the tartness of the fresh lemon juice. The simple syrup adds a touch of sweetness, while the mint leaves give it a refreshing finish.

Interesting facts about Dusse Lemonade

  • The Dusse Cognac used in this cocktail is a VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) cognac, which means it has been aged for at least four years in a cask.
  • Jay-Z is a co-owner of Dusse Cognac.
  • Despite its simplicity, this cocktail offers a complex flavor profile due to the quality of the cognac used.


Dusse Cognac

Dusse Cognac: 2 oz provides a rich, woody base to the cocktail. It's the star of the show, offering notes of dried fruit and a subtle hint of vanilla. Using less would make the drink less robust, while more could overpower the refreshing qualities of the other ingredients.

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Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice: 1 oz gives the cocktail its refreshing acidity and tang. It's a crucial player that balances the sweetness of the syrup and the strength of the cognac. If omitted, the drink would be flat and overly sweet.

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Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup: 1 oz is here to add sweetness and create balance, smoothing out the sharpness of the lemon juice. Too much sweetener and you'll have a liquid candy; too little and the tartness might pucker your lips beyond enjoyment.

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Mint Leaves

Mint Leaves: Freshness personified. Muddling 6 mint leaves gives a cool, herby backdrop that compliments the citrus flavors. Leaving mint out would make the drink less refreshing and aromatic.

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Club Soda

Club Soda: Just a top-up, but don't underestimate its power. It adds effervescence and lightness, transforming what could be a heavy cocktail into a sprightly sipper. No soda would result in a denser, more spirit-forward drink.

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Recipe. How to make Dusse Lemonade Drink

  1. Muddle the mint leaves and simple syrup in a shaker.
  2. Add the Dusse Cognac and lemon juice.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  4. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Top up with club soda.
  6. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a sprig of mint.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Muddle the mint gently to release the oils without tearing the leaves.
  • Chill your glass before serving for a colder, more refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings


The crisp and refreshing qualities of the Dusse Lemonade cocktail makes it a perfect match for seafood dishes like shrimp cocktail or grilled fish. The lemon in the cocktail highlights the seafood's natural flavors.

Grilled Meats

Bold enough to stand up to the smoky flavors of grilled meats, this cocktail's bright acidity cuts through the richness of dishes like barbecued ribs or grilled chicken.

Light Salads

A light, lemony dressing on a mixed greens salad would echo the flavors in the Dusse Lemonade, making for a harmonious pairing.

Fruit Desserts

The sweet and tart profile of the drink is an excellent accompaniment to fruit-based desserts such as lemon sorbet or berry tart.

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What you could change in Dusse Lemonade

  • If you don't have Dusse Cognac, you can substitute it with another VSOP cognac.
  • You can use lime juice instead of lemon juice for a different flavor profile.

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Peach Basil Dusse Lemonade

Switch out mint for basil and add 1 oz of peach puree to the mix. This version has a summery, fruity twist with an herbal note that's quite unexpected but delightful.

  1. Muddle basil leaves with simple syrup.
  2. Add Dusse Cognac, lemon juice, and peach puree.
  3. Follow the rest of the original recipe.

Spicy Dusse Lemonade

Add a small slice of jalapeño to the muddling step for a spicy kick that'll contrast with the sweet and sour elements.

  1. Muddle mint leaves, simple syrup and a slice of jalapeño.
  2. Continue with the original recipe.

Berry Dusse Lemonade

Muddle in a handful of mixed berries before adding the Dusse Cognac for a fruity and colorful take on the classic lemonade.

  1. Muddle berries with mint leaves and simple syrup.
  2. Add the other ingredients and follow the original recipe.

In case you forgot basics how to make Dusse Lemonade

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Dusse Lemonade

Can Dusse Lemonade be served at room temperature?

No, Dusse Lemonade is best served chilled. If it's served at room temperature, it will lose its characteristic refreshing qualities.

Can other herbs be used in place of mint in this cocktail?

While mint is the traditional herb used in Dusse Lemonade, you could experiment with other herbs like basil or thyme for a unique twist.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Dusse Lemonade?

Yes, to create a non-alcoholic version of Dusse Lemonade, simply omit the cognac and add more club soda or lemonade.

Is it necessary to use a shaker for this cocktail?

Yes, using a shaker helps to properly mix the ingredients and chill the cocktail, enhancing its overall flavor.

Can I make Dusse Lemonade in a larger quantity for parties?

Absolutely! Just multiply the measurements by the number of guests you're expecting and remember to adjust to taste.

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