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Here are the top Cognac cocktails to try using this high-end brandy! Try everything from a classic Sidecar to the beloved Sazerac.

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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.

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Sidecar cocktail

Sidecar (Cognac Cocktail)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


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


  1. 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.
  2. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice and shake until cold.
  3. 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
  • Diet: Vegan

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Last updated: April 2021

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Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. ali says:

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