How Opening Ceremony and Hennessy Do NYE

How Opening Ceremony and Hennessy Do NYE

A portable OC x Hennessy cocktail collaboration blends Chinese and French heritage.

A portable OC x Hennessy cocktail collaboration blends Chinese and French heritage.

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

As our 2019th year approaches, Hennessy is proving you don’t need a Gregorian calendar or a room of clinking flutes to ring in a new year. After celebrating the Lunar New Year at a Manhattan Chinese eatery earlier this year, the LVMH-owned brand—which has been importing to China, and fueling Chinese New Year's celebrations, since 1872—is taking the party global with the help of Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.

In collaboration with Hennessy, Opening Ceremony has released a limited-edition travel bag—a champagne-hued backpack designed to transport the curvaceous Hennessy X.O bottle, as well as the necessary accoutrements, to New Year's bashes of all time zones. So where will Leon and Lim be taking their extra-aged cognac this year? 

"I will be flying back to Los Angeles with my family. My Hennessy X.O travel bag is the perfect size to store all carry-on essentials,” Leon tells us. Lim, by contrast, is staying local. "I’m looking forward to an easy, relatively quiet staycation with my family in New York. There are a few fun holiday get-togethers scheduled with my friends here, so I’ll use my Hennessy X.O 'East Meets West' travel bag to carry any hostess gifts," she says.  

No matter your coast, the "East Meets West" cocktail kit and travel bag are sure to make for an enchanting New Year's. See Hennessy's OC-inspired cocktail recipe below.

HENNESSY X.O COCKTAIL INSPIRED BY OPENING CEREMONY CO-FOUNDERS CAROL LIM & HUMBERTO LEON

INGREDIENTS

2 OZ HENNESSY X.O

2 DASHES ORANGE CREAM CITRATE BITTERS

1 TSP WILD FLOWER HONEY SYRUP

1 LARGE JASMINE GREEN TEA INFUSED ICE CUBE

GARNISH: FLAMED LEMON TWIST

INSTRUCTIONS

MAKING JASMINE GREEN TEA ICE CUBES (6-24 HOURS BEFORE):

1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and immerse 2 bags of jasmine green tea for five minutes.

2. Pour the tea into X.O ice mold and freeze for at least 6 hours.

MAKING THE COCKTAIL: 1. Measure and add Hennessy X.O, bitters and syrup to Mixing Beaker.

2. Add a large jasmine green tea ice cube to chilled Double Old Fashioned Glass.

3. Pour contents of mixing beaker evenly over ice cube into the glass.

4. Stir gently with a bar spoon or teaspoon to incorporate.

5. Garnish with flamed lemon twist

Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (photo: courtesy of Opening Ceremony)
Hennessy X.O x Opening Ceremony (photo: courtesy of Opening Ceremony)
Hennessy X.O x Opening Ceremony (photo: courtesy of Opening Ceremony)
Hennessy X.O x Opening Ceremony (photo: courtesy of Opening Ceremony)
Hennessy X.O x Opening Ceremony (photo: courtesy of Opening Ceremony)

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