The Snow Honey Cocktail

The Snow Honey - Warm Cognac Milk Cocktail

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 serving

The snow honey is a simple and lovely cocktail recipe that spikes warm milk with cognac. It's a soothing mixed drink that is a perfect nightcap and sure to bring a little comfort to a chilly evening.

This recipe is courtesy of Courvoisier Cognac and was designed to feature their VSOP bottle. It's a beautiful brandy that's moderately priced, so you don't have to feel bad about mixing it into drinks. What makes this hot cocktail stand out, though, is the use of clover honey. It adds a unique and subtle embellishment to the rich flavor of cognac and warm milk, creating a pleasant sipper with a hint of sweetness.


  • 4 ounces milk (or half and half)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (clover)
  • 1 1/2 ounces cognac
  • Garnish: nutmeg (grated)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a small saucepan, slowly heat the milk (or half and half) over low heat, stirring continually. Do not let it reach a boil; you want to remove it just as it's beginning to steam.

  3. Add the cognac, honey, and milk to a warm mug and stir well.

  4. Garnish with grated nutmeg. Serve and enjoy.


  • While heating the milk, pour hot water into your coffee mug so it warms up. Discard it before mixing the drink.
  • If you're going to use a glass, make sure it's made of thick glass that can withstand heat. Irish coffee glasses are designed specifically for this type of drink.
  • You can also warm milk in the microwave: use medium-high power and heat it in 15-second intervals, stirring between each until it just begins to steam.
  • Add a little air to your milk by whisking it instead of stirring with a spoon to create frothy, steamed milk, similar to that used in lattes.
  • Clover honey is a specific variety that has a light floral flavor. Any honey will sweeten the snow honey nicely and you can also use agave nectar if you prefer.

Recipe Variations

  • While any brandy makes a nice snow honey, it's not your only option. Try this drink with your favorite style of whiskey, too.
  • An alternative to honey is to sweeten the snow honey with a honey-flavored liqueur. Drambuie or Bärenjäger are two great options and the extra alcohol will add a nice punch to the drink.
  • You can also accent this recipe with complementary flavors, such as hazelnut from a liqueur like Frangelico or the almond flavor of amaretto. Adding a shot of Benedictine is always a great option because it's a natural pairing for brandy.

How Strong Is a Snow Honey?

The snow honey mixes up to a soothing and pleasant strength. When made with an 80-proof brandy and 4 ounces of milk, it will be just 10 percent ABV (20 proof).