Here are the top Cognac cocktails to try using this high-end brandy! Try everything from a classic Sidecar to the beloved Sazerac.
Are you a Cognac lover? This high-end French brandy is tasty neat or on the rocks. But it’s even more fun mixed into cocktails! Got a got a bottle of Cognac to use up? Have we got the mixed drinks for you.
Here are all the best Cognac cocktails to try! Start with the classic Sidecar, a tangy sour cocktail from the early 1900’s that was a predecessor to the margarita. Or if you’re short on time, try the French Connection, a quick and easy two-ingredient cocktail. There are a few brandy cocktails mixed in, where you can use Cognac for an even more stunning drink.
And now…the top brandy and Cognac cocktails worth trying!
Types of Cognac
Cognac is a type of French brandy, a liquor made from distilling wine. There are several grades of Cognac that designate how long it’s been aged:
- VS or 3 stars (2 years)
- VSOP (4 years)
- Napoléon (6 years)
- XO (10 years)
Watch out, bottles of XO can be upwards of $200! No need to go that high-end, of course. You can use a mid-priced VS or VSOP Cognac for all of the Cognac cocktails above. Hennessy is the world’s top producer of Cognac. For more drinks with Hennessy, go to Classic Hennessy Cocktails.
Tip: Want a substitute for this special French brandy? Go to Best Cognac Substitute.Print
Here’s how to make one of the best classic cocktails of all time: the Sidecar cocktail! This sour is the perfect balance of Cognac, Cointreau and lemon.
- 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) Cognac (VS or VSOP)
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) Cointreau
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lemon juice
- For the garnish: lemon twist or orange twist
- Superfine sugar* rim, optional
- Cut a notch in a lemon wedge, then run the lemon around the rim of a cocktail glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of superfine sugar.
- Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice and shake until cold.
- Strain the drink into the prepared glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or orange twist.
*Superfine sugar works well for a sugar rim since it sticks to the glass better than granulated sugar. You can use granulated sugar if it’s all you have; note it can tend to fall off into the drink, making it taste a shade sweeter.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Shaken
- Cuisine: Cocktails
Keywords: Cognac Cocktails, Sidecar
More cocktail recipes
There are so many great cocktail recipes to try! Pick from some of the following:
- Vodka Cocktails Try the greats like the Gimlet and Mule.
- Gin Cocktails All the classics: Gin Fizz, Tom Collins, Gin & Tonic, etc
- Ginger Beer Cocktails Pick from Moscow mule spins, the Pimm’s Cup, and more.
- Orange Juice Cocktails OJ is a great mixer…and it’s not just for mimosas.
- Bourbon Cocktails Try these bourbon greats, like the Old Fashioned and Manhattan.
- Amaretto Cocktails From the Amaretto Sour to the Italian margarita.
- Vermouth Cocktails All the best drinks using dry or sweet vermouth.
Last updated: April 2021
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.