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Here are the best Hennessy cocktails to try with this centuries old brand of Cognac! It shines in classics from the Sidecar to the Sazerac.

Hennessy cocktails

Got Hennessy and want to mix up a drink? You’re in luck: there’s a great collection of classic cocktails to make with this ages old brand of Cognac. The Hennessy company was founded over 250 years ago in France in 1765. Today it produces 40% of the world’s Cognac, making it the largest producer worldwide. If you’re ready to move beyond drinking Hennessy neat, here’s where to start!

Here at A Couple Cooks, we’re cocktail experts with over 300 cocktail recipes under our belt. Of the list, here are out top ideas for Hennessy cocktails that highlight the best of its bold flavor! Try a Hennessy Sazerac, the boozy official cocktail of New Orleans, or go for the sweeter Sidecar, the most classic Cognac cocktail. And of course…you can’t go wrong with a quick and simple mix of Hennessy and Coke.

And now…10 must-try Hennessy cocktails!

What do the letters mean?

Cognac is a type of French brandy, a liquor made from distilling wine. There are several grades of Hennessy 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 Hennessy cocktails above.

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Hennessy Sidecar

Top 10 Hennessy Cocktails

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


This Hennessy Sidecar recipe is the best way to use this popular Cognac! Blend it with Cointreau and lemon for the perfect classic sour cocktail.


  • 2 ounces Hennessy Cognac
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce 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.

To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Hennessy cocktails

About the authors

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 for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. I’m so innocent. I did not know that you can make cocktails with Hennessey….Dah. My daughter told me that she preferred Hennessey as her choice of drink and I almost passed out. Thinking my daughter was becoming a “Hot Lil-mama” instead of my Sweet Lil-darling who didn’t like Mimosas because she didn’t like Champagne. When she told me that she gets a French 75, I had to look it up to find out the ingredients and to my surprise, to me, it’s a Lady’s drink. Doesn’t make it alright that she has a cocktail when she’s out with her boyfriend but that she understands the concept of indulging, too much is too much. Thank goodness she’s not like her mom, Remi Martin straight up with a little fire on the snifter :-).