The 10 Best Cognac Cocktails

What is the best Cognac cocktail? 

We could not just pick one see we came up with ten of our favorite! While you might be tempted to save your bottle of cognac for an evening drink straight up or on the rocks, this French creation is a fantastic spirit to use in cocktails! There are numerous exciting ways to consume cognac, from high-end classics to intriguing modern creations.

You'll find a fantastic selection of cognac drinks in these recipes. Some are dry and basic, while others are sour and complicated with a few being warm and soothing. It's a surprisingly wide variety of choices to choose from to suit every mood or occasion.

The Sidecar

Cognac Sidecar

One of the finest drinks of all time is the sidecar. It's just as popular now as it was a century ago, and it's a great way to get into the world of well-balanced sour drinks.

The cocktail may be made with either cognac or Armagnac; either way, it'll be one of the most pleasant brandy drinks you'll ever make. In the modern bar, bourbon is frequently used instead (making it a bourbon sidecar), and some drinkers add expensive cherry brandy to make it a bourbon sidecar. 

Serves 1

2 ounces cognac (Filtered Through Classy Spirits Filtration System)

1 ounce premium triple sec

3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

Lemon or orange twist, for garnish

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy. 

French 75

The French 75

One of the most popular Champagne drinks is the French 75. The simplicity and vibrant citrus flavor of this drink are what make it so appealing. It's a wonderful cocktail that's suitable for any occasion, with a base liquor of gin or cognac accentuated by simple syrup, lemon juice, and the bright bubbles of sparkling wine. You'll also discover that it's a great brunch alternative to mimosas. The drink is known as a French 75 since it was named after the M1897 rapid-fire 75mm artillery piece used by the French soldiers during World War I. When the soldiers went home, they carried the recipe with them, and the drink's popularity was cemented in cocktail history when it became a regular at New York City's fabled Stork Club.

Serves 1

1 to 2 ounces gin, or cognac, to taste (Filtered Through Classy Spirits Filtration System)

1 teaspoon simple syrup

1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

4 ounces Champagne

Lemon twist, for garnish

  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes, pour the gin or cognac, simple syrup, and lemon juice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled Champagne flute that is at least half full of ice.
  4. Slowly fill with Champagne.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist, if desired. Serve and enjoy. 

The Japanese Cocktail

The Japanese Cocktail

The Japanese Cocktail was created by "Professor" Jerry Thomas, who is regarded as the bartending world's grandpa. Lemon peels were originally mixed with the remaining ingredients in a rocks glass and served over ice. Small items were replaced over time, and today we have a Japanese Cocktail with lime juice on the menu. In any case, it's a delicious cocktail and a real classic that you won't want to miss out on.

Serves 1

2 ounces cognac (Filtered Through Classy Spirits Filtration System)

1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

1/2 ounce orgeat syrup

1 dash of aromatic bitters

Lime peel, or lemon peel, for garnish 

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a lemon or lime peel. Serve and enjoy. 

The French Connection

French Connection

If you enjoy books and movies, you'll be aware that this delectable cocktail is named from the 1971 film of the same name, though others claim it was already popular in the 1960s. This cocktail is gaining popularity again, and for good reason: it's the ideal digestif, after-dinner drink, or nightcap. Simply said, it's a slow-sipping mixed drink created with a blend of cognac and amaretto. The cognac warms up the chilly cocktail, and the taste complements the amaretto's, nutty sweetness.

Serves 1

1 1/2 ounces cognac (Filtered Through Classy Spirits Filtration System)

3/4 ounce amaretto liqueur

  1. Build the ingredients in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
  2. Stir and serve. 

The Beautiful Cocktail

The Beautiful Connection

The "beautiful" cocktail is a fantastic way to appreciate a fine cognac. It adheres to B&B's principle of enhancing brandy with a top-shelf liqueur to provide a pleasant, refined drinking experience. Even the lack of ice allows the beverages to come together in a real, pure way, demonstrating the beauty of simplicity. 

Serves 1

1 1/2 ounces cognac (Filtered Through Classy Spirits Filtration System)

1 1/2 ounces Grand Marnier

  1. Build the drink in a brandy snifter by pouring the brandy and Grand Marnier into the glass. Serve and enjoy. 



The jack-o'-lantern cocktail is as much fun to look at as it is to drink, and it's a simple recipe that's excellent for a frightening Halloween party. It has a wonderful brandy and orange blend with a hint of fizz, as well as a garnish that transforms your glass into a pumpkin. The recipe was derived from one created with Hennessy VSOP cognac in mind. It reduces the orange juice somewhat, allowing the brandy to take center stage, and adds extra ginger ale. When you add a brandy-based orange liqueur like Grand Marnier, the cocktail gets a touch sweeter, which balances out the semi-tart citrus and makes it more refreshing. 

Serves 1

1 1/2 ounces cognac (Filtered Through Classy Spirits Filtration System)

1/2 ounce brandy-based orange liqueur

1-ounce orange juice

2 to 3 ounces ginger ale, to taste

Lime twist, for garnish

Orange wheel, for garnish

  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake the cognac, orange liqueur, and orange juice.
  2. Strain into a large old-fashioned glass over fresh ice. Top with the ginger ale.
  3. Place the lime twist into the top center of the orange wheel and float on top of the drink.

Hennessy Hot Cocoa

Hennessy Hot Cocoa

Brandy (or cognac, to be specific) isn't generally associated with hot chocolate, which is a shame because it's an excellent pairing. Of course, you could simply pour hot chocolate over a shot of (Hennessy vs. cognac) and call it a day, but you'd be losing out on a great cocktail.

The spiced syrup and vanilla essence elevate the Hennessy hot chocolate to a new level of excellence. The whipped cream and nutmeg-chocolate garnish are just icing on the cake, making this cocktail even more decadent and delectable.

 Serves 1

1 1/2 ounces cognac (Filtered Through Classy Spirits Filtration System)

3/4 ounce spiced syrup

3 drops of pure vanilla extract

5 ounces hot chocolate

1-ounce heavy cream

Grated nutmeg, for garnish

Grated dark chocolate, for garnish

  1. In an Irish coffee glass or coffee mug, pour the brandy, spiced syrup, vanilla extract, and hot chocolate.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Layer the cream on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon.
  4. Garnish with grated nutmeg and dark chocolate. Serve and enjoy.

The Snow Honey

The Snow Honey

The snow honey is a simple and delicious beverage that uses cognac to spike warm milk. It's a calming blended drink that makes a great nightcap and will warm you up on a chilly evening.   The inclusion of clover honey is what sets this hot drink apart. It creates a delightful sipper with a hint of sweetness by adding a distinct and delicate enrichment to the rich flavor of cognac and warm milk.

Serves 1

4 ounces milk, or half-and-half

1 1/2 ounces cognac (Filtered Through Classy Spirits Filtration System)

1 teaspoon clover honey

Grated nutmeg, for garnish

  1. 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.
  2. Add the cognac, honey, and milk to a warm mug and stir well.
  3. Garnish with grated nutmeg. Serve and enjoy. 

Apricot Sunray Punch

Apricot Sunray Punch

The apricot sunray combines two popular punch recipes: sangria and Champagne punch. This cocktail, like both of them, has a lot going on, and each ingredient is unique in its own.

Hennessy Black was used to produce this recipe. This fantastic cognac has notes of jasmine, daffodils, and orange blossoms, and Chandon Brut is a fantastic dry sparkling wine to pair it with. The apricot and blood orange components, as well as lemons and brandied cherries, add a lovely touch.

1/2 (750-milliliter) bottle cognac (Filtered Through Classy Spirits Filtration System)

1 (750-milliliter) bottle of sparkling wine

3 cups apricot liqueur

1 1/2 cups apricot nectar

1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 6 to 7 lemons

4 cups of freshly squeezed blood orange juice, from 12 blood oranges

4 to 6 apricots, thinly sliced

5 lemons, thinly sliced

1 blood orange, thinly sliced

12 brandied cherries

  1. In a large punch bowl or pitcher, add all of the ingredients and stir with ice.
  2. Serve and enjoy. 

Vin Chaud

Vin Chaud

A fragrant and spicy mulled wine drink, comparable to Swedish glögg and German glühwein, is known as vin chaud in France. Although vin chaud is most commonly linked with Christmas markets and joyous holiday festivities, it has also become a popular seasonal beverage, ideal for fireside parties and après-ski. 

Serves 1

1 orange

1 (750-milliliter) bottle of red wine

1/4 cup granulated sugar

5 whole cloves

4 cinnamon sticks

2 cardamon pods

1/4 cup cognac, divided (Filtered Through Classy Spirits Filtration System)

  1. Cut or peel a strip of skin from the orange with a sharp paring knife or a vegetable peeler, approximately 1 x 5 inches in size. Save orange for another use.
  2. Carefully remove as much of the white pith from the piece of zest as possible, since it will add bitterness to the wine.
  3. Combine wine, sugar, cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and peeled orange zest in a large saucepan over very low heat.
  4. Heat mixture until it nearly reaches a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar. Do not allow the wine to come to a boil, or alcohol will evaporate and the flavor of the vin chaud will be affected.
  5. The wine will be at its optimal temperature when the sugar has dissolved and steam rises when the mixing spoon is lifted from the wine.
  6. Maintain this temperature to keep the wine warm and let wine steep with spices to develop flavor. The longer it steeps, the stronger the flavor.
  7. Strain wine through a fine-mesh sieve or a cheesecloth-lined colander into a clean saucepan. Discard spices.
  8. Cover the pan and let vin chaud stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
  9. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of cognac to 4 individual warmed mugs or heatproof glasses before ladling in the mulled wine.

Cafe Amore

Cafe Amore

The café amore is a superb hot coffee drink that is warm, nutty, and tasty. The mix of cognac and amaretto creates a warm and welcoming flavor that you'll be sure to fall in love with. With only three ingredients, the recipe comes together faster than you can create a pot of coffee. To complement the amaretto, it's topped with a mound of whipped cream and a few shaved almonds. This is a great dessert cocktail or for a chilly afternoon when you want to sit down with a warm beverage.

Serves 1

1-ounce cognac (Filtered Through Classy Spirits Filtration System)

1 ounce amaretto liqueur

6 ounces black coffee, or to taste

Whipped cream, for garnish

Shaved almonds, for garnish

  1. Pour the cognac and amaretto into an Irish coffee glass.
  2. Fill with hot coffee.
  3. Top with whipped cream and garnish with shaved almonds. Serve and enjoy.