Listen to The Backstory: Our new podcast with Jason Bentley

We’ve teamed up with the award-winning radio host and Little Beach House Malibu member Jason Bentley to bring you our new podcast The Backstory, a series of insightful discussions that breaks down the alchemy of the creative process.

The Backstory pairs creative innovators – thinkers, artists, and tastemakers – together to share ideas and make connections. Join Bentley every week to hear never-before-told stories about his guests’ personal stories and the projects that shaped their careers.

Brought to you in partnership with D'USSE Cognac.

Episode 7: Director Darius Marder (Sound of Metal), and composer and songwriter Ludwig Göransson (The Mandalorian, Tenet) discuss film scores they’ve worked on, the value of cinema sound systems to the viewing experience, and what it’s like to work with Christopher Nolan and Riz Ahmed

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The Backstory cocktail – Episode 7: That’s My Jam 

Drawing on Jason Bentley’s conversation with film-maker Darius Marder and composer Ludwig Göransson, this sweet and fruity cocktail mixes D’USSÉ VSOP cognac with pineapple syrup, apricot jam and soda, and is balanced with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

2 parts D’USSÉ VSOP 
1 tbsp apricot jam
½ part fresh lemon juice
½ part pineapple syrup
1 sprig of thyme 
Sparkling soda

1. Muddle the thyme and lemon juice in a shaker. Add the apricot jam, pineapple syrup, D’USSÉ, and ice.
2. Shake well and strain into a crushed ice-filled rocks glass. Top with sparkling soda, then garnish with a pineapple chunk and some thyme.