15 Impressive Cognac Cocktails

The French brandy isn't just for sipping by itself

While you may be inclined to reserve a bottle of Cognac for an evening sipper, the French brandy is also a fantastic ingredient for a variety of cocktails. From high-end classics to intriguing modern creations, there are many fascinating ways to drink your Cognac.

In these recipes, you'll discover the full range of cognac cocktails. Some are dry and simple, while others are sour and complex; a few are warm and comforting, and there's also plenty of fresh fruit and other produce to be found. It's a surprisingly diverse collection, so you're sure to find a perfect drink for every mood and occasion.

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    Vieux Carre

    Vieux Carre Cocktail

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    Paired with rye whiskey and sweet vermouth, Cognac comes to life in the Vieux Carre. This classic New Orleans recipe is a must for anyone who appreciates a depth of flavor. It's definitely a timeless drink you'll want to add to your regular rotation after a long day at the office.

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    French 75

    French 75 Cocktail

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    While you could mix up a French 75 with gin, it's equally impressive when you choose to pour Cognac instead. The brandy is one of the original options for this lively Champagne cocktail and produces the ultimate French drink. It's perfect for celebrating any special occasion.

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    Japanese Cocktail

    Classic Japanese Cocktail
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    The Japanese Cocktail is definitely not what you might expect from the name. The recipe pairs Cognac with the almond-flavor of orgeat syrup and tosses a little lime into the mix to create the perfect balance of sweet and sour.

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    Sidecar

    Classic Sidecar Cocktail

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    The recipe dates back over a century, the sidecar is a sour drink that every cocktail connoisseur should familiarize themselves with. It mixes the brandy with Cointreau and lemon juice for an invigorating drink you won't want to miss.

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    Morning Glory

    Classic Morning Glory Cocktail
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    If you enjoy the Vieux Carre, you'll want to taste the Morning Glory. This classic also pairs Cognac with rye whiskey, but instead of vermouth, the recipe takes the sour route. It's also accented with a little absinthe to leave you with an unforgettable flavor experience.

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    Champagne Bowler

    Classic Champagne Bowler Cocktail

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    Whatever you're celebrating, the Champagne Bowler is a great cocktail to invite to the party! It features fresh strawberries with Cognac, plus white and sparkling wines. Sweet, refreshing, and simple, this one's sure to be a hit.

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    French Connection

    French Connection Cocktail

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    You'll need just two ingredients for this aromatic sipper. The French connection is an uncomplicated mix of Cognac accented with amaretto. That nutty sweetness is a fantastic way to enhance your favorite brandy, especially after a nice dinner.

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    The Beautiful Cocktail

    The Beautiful Cocktail With Cognac

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    A fitting name, this truly is a Beautiful Cocktail. Yet, it's also one of the easiest drinks you can make, with nothing more than equal parts Cognac and Grand Marnier. Serving it in a brandy snifter captures the aroma and invites you in for that first lovely sip.

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    Dulce de Tequila

    Dulce de Tequila Cocktail
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    An unlikely duo, you'll love how well Cognac and tequila get along. The Dulce de Tequila is a classically-styled sour that brings the two spirits together in a wonderful way. It also has a rich sweetness contributed by agave nectar, which is further highlighted by the sugar rim.

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    Jack-O-Lantern

    Hennessy Cognac Jack-O-Lantern Cocktail

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    Hidden under the pumpkin top on this drink is a fruity Cognac cocktail. The Jack-o-Lantern is as simple as it is fun, mixing the brandy with orange juice and topping it with ginger ale. While it may have been designed for Halloween, it's enjoyable any day of the year.

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    Ginger Tea

    Hennessy Cognac Ginger Tea
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    Spiked iced tea is a nice treat in the summer. While you may not think of Cognac as a base for it, it works out very well. This ginger tea is a fascinating recipe that uses green tea and adds fresh ginger and mint to accent the flavors. It's sure to wake up your taste buds with a spicy kick.

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    Cafè Amore

    Cafe Amore Hot Coffee Cocktail
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    Cognac and amaretto get warmed up with black coffee in the delightful Cafè Amore. The recipe makes a nice after-dinner drink and is incredibly easy. You can even top it with whipped cream and shaved almonds for a decadent treat that replaces dessert.

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    Hennessy Hot Cocoa

    Hennessy Hot Cocoa

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    Comfort in a mug! The Hennessy Hot Cocoa is the excuse you need to spike the classic winter drink. This recipe is a little more interesting than pouring a shot of Cognac into hot chocolate, though. You'll also enjoy the flavors of a spiced syrup, vanilla, and heavy cream.

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    Snow Honey

    The Snow Honey - Warm Cognac Milk Cocktail

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    The nightcap of your dreams can be found in the Snow Honey. In it, warm milk is sweetened with clover honey and spiked with a nice Cognac. When it comes to mixing up a relaxing hot cocktail, few can beat this one.

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    Apricot Sunray

    Hennessy Black Apricot Sunray Punch

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    Treat party guests to a punch that's filled with tantalizing flavors. The Apricot Sunray is loaded with apricots, which are accented with blood oranges and lemons. The Cognac and dry sparkling wine bring it all together to create a memorable drink that everyone's sure to love.