Brandy must be made from grapes from the Cognac Region in Western France to be classified as cognac. A premium cognac, Hennessy is made from fermented fruit juice extracted from Ugni White Grapes and matured in new oak barrels to produce a unique, bold, and fragrant cognac.
Although cognac has traditionally been served neat at room temperature as either an aperitif before dinner or a digestif after the evening meal, it is also used in cocktails when combined with various mixers. The 16 best mixers for Hennessy are mentioned here.
According to Martha Stewart, bitters are a flavoring agent for alcoholic beverages made from natural botanicals, including herbs, bark, roots, and spices. However, some companies make their bitters from commercial liquid extracts, so check the ingredients list before buying to get the real deal.
The purpose of using bitters in cocktails is to balance the flavors of all ingredients to add “depth and complexity” to your mixed drinks. While many traditional beverages, like the Sazerac, Margaritas, and Martinis, are made with bitters, they can also be used in non-alcoholic drinks and cooking.
To make an exceptional cocktail with bitters, try this recipe for a Blood Orange Bitters Cocktail:
Blood Orange Bitters Cocktail
- 4 ounces Hennessy Cognac
- 1.5 ounces fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 ounce Agave Nectar
- 2 ounces fresh Blood Orange Juice
- 1 dash Angostura Bitters
- 1 Blood Orange Twist (for garnish)
- Pour all liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice.
- Shake until well blended and chilled.
- Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
- Garnish with a blood orange twist and serve.
Although combining champagne with any cognac may sound unusual, several cocktails do so successfully. The sweet effervescence that champagne adds to any drink rounds out the taste of cognac, and Hennessy in particular, to make a delicious, sparkling, and sophisticated drink.
Mix champagne, Hennessy, and a little sugar to sweeten the experience and create a Sparkling Hennessy Cocktail. Follow these simple directions for a taste treat:
Sparkling Hennessy Cocktail
- 1 ounce Hennessy
- 2 ounces Champagne
- 1 Sugar Cube (1 teaspoon)
- Pour Hennessy and sugar into a coupe glass and stir to combine.
- Add champagne.
- Serve and enjoy.
3. Club Soda
If you are a fan of Hennessy but prefer to soften the alcohol bite when drinking neat or on the rocks, many sodas create an excellent two-ingredient cocktail with this fine cognac’s smooth and luscious flavor. Club soda is one of the best mixers with Hennessy and is considered by many to be healthier than most because it contains no sugar or other additives.
To create the perfect mixed drink, pour one shot of Hennessy into a cocktail glass over ice and fill it with club soda. Give it a quick stir to combine, and garnish with a lime wedge. Serve and enjoy!
Cointreau, or triple sec, is an 80-proof (40 ABV) liqueur made from sweet and bitter orange peels and alcohol made from sugar beets. Although it can be served straight, Cointreau is most often used to create such drinks as the Margarita, the Cosmopolitan, and the Sidecar.
- 2 ounces Hennessy
- 1 ounce Cointreau
- 1 ounce Lemon Juice
- Sugar (for rim)
- Prepare a coupe glass by running a lime or lemon slice around the rim. Dip the rim in sugar and set the glass aside until needed.
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain the mixture into the prepared glass and serve.
Coca-Cola is an excellent mixer for any alcohol but is especially good with Hennessy. Hennessy’s vanilla, oak, and caramel notes are highlighted when mixed with Coke’s sweet and bubbly taste.
Hennessy and Coke is an easy cocktail to prepare and is a fast two-ingredient drink to serve when the crowd is large and thirsty. The secret to making the perfect drink is to remember the 2:1 ratio. Combine one shot of Hennessy with two shots of coke over ice in a cocktail glass, and it is ready to serve.
6. Cranberry Juice
The intense flavor of cranberry juice mixes well with most kinds of alcohol. Its tart but sweet taste makes a Cranberry Hennessy the perfect two-ingredient cocktail that your guests will love.
To create this easy-to-make drink perfect for any occasion, combine one shot (1.5 ounces) of Hennessy with three shots (4.5 ounces) of cranberry juice over ice in a rocks glass or even an iced tea glass. Garnished with an orange slice, this drink looks spectacular.
7. Creme de Menthe
Also used as a digestif, Creme de Menthe pairs perfectly with Hennessy to create cocktails like The Stinger, a famous cocktail that originated in New Orleans during the Prohibition era. A spectacular two-ingredient cocktail is crafted whenever a fine cognac is mixed with creme de menthe.
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8. Fruit Punch
Fruit punch pairs well with Hennessy by naturally enhancing fruity undertones in this fine cognac. Garnish with a fresh pineapple chunk and a maraschino cherry for a tropical delight.
9. Ginger Ale
The spicy zest of ginger ale perfectly complements Hennessy’s bold, naturally fruity taste. For the perfect Hennessy and ginger ale cocktail, pour a shot of Hennessy over ice in a rocks glass and fill with ginger ale. All it needs is a lime twist to add eye appeal.
10. Ginger Beer
Ginger beer is another way to add zest to your next Hennessy cocktail. Instead of that standard Moscow Mule, try substituting Hennessy for the vodka for a taste sensation that will quickly grab your attention.
11. Lemon Juice
For a sweet and slightly tart cocktail, try a Hennessy Sidecar that will delight your taste buds and have your guests asking for more.
12. Orange Juice
If you love a classic screwdriver cocktail, try making a spectacular Hennessy screwdriver. Mix one shot of Hennessy with 6 ounces of orange juice over ice for a new twist on an old favorite.
13. Pineapple Juice
For a fruity tropical delight, try a Hennessy Pineapple Sour. Mix equal parts Hennessy, sour mix, and pineapple juice over ice for a genuinely delightful cocktail experience.
14. Sparkling Wine
The French 75 cocktail dates back to the 1920s and combines Cognac’s robust and fragrant taste with any sparkling wine or champagne. Just add simple syrup and lemon juice for a taste that combines Hennessy’s subtle and fruity richness with the effervescence of sparkling wine. This drink will be a hit at any social gathering.
Sprite, along with other lemon/lime sodas, is another favorite mixer for many people who prefer an uncomplicated two-ingredient cocktail with any alcohol. A Hennessy and Sprite cocktail allows you to create a fast and easy drink that doesn’t mask Hennessy’s smooth and sophisticated taste.
Sprite smooths the sharp edges of the alcohol bite while adding a sparkling zing. The two ingredients complement each other and provide a refreshing drink that is simple yet fancy enough for any occasion.
Just pour a shot of Hennessy into a cocktail glass over ice and top it off with Sprite. What could be easier?
Mix Hennessy and your favorite tequila for a more sophisticated cocktail to make a spectacular Hennessy Margarita. This is the perfect drink for those special occasions like an occasional get-together with your best friend.
To mix the perfect Hennessy Margarita, follow this easy recipe for a delightful experience.
- 1.5 ounces Tequila
- 1 ounce Hennessy Cognac
- 1 ounce Triple Sec
- 1/2 ounce Lime Juice
- Lime Wedges
- Prepare a margarita glass by cutting a notch in a lime wedge and running it around the rim of the glass. Dip the rim in a dish of salt and set aside until needed.
- Pour the first four ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice and shake well to combine.
- Strain the mixture into the prepared glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
- Serve and enjoy!
The Hennessy Cognac Trading House was founded in 1765 by Richard Hennessy, an Irishman who had previously served as an officer in Louis XV’s army. Hennessy cognac was first shipped to America in 1794, and in 1804, their company was one of the first to export cognac in labeled glass bottles. The Hennessy company has always crafted an exceptional cognac. As a result of their quest for excellence, Hennessy cognac is now sold in over 160 countries around the world.
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