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 margarita

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

Here are 6 classic Hennessy cocktails that highlight the best of its bold flavor! Try a Hennessy Sazerac, the boozy official cocktail of New Orleans. Or if you prefer something sweeter, try the Sidecar, one of the most classic cocktails starring Cognac. And of course…you can’t go wrong with the simple mix of Hennessy and Coke! Let’s get mixing.

And now…6 great Hennessy cocktails to try!

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 margarita

Hennessy Margarita

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


The best way to use this classy Cognac? Try this Hennessy Margarita recipe, full of flavor and sophistication.


  • 1 ½ ounces* tequila reposado
  • 1 ounce Hennessy Cognac
  • 1 ounce Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • For the garnish: lime wedges


  1. Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run the lime around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of salt (or for a festive look, use Margarita Salt).
  2. Place the tequila, Hennessy, Cointreau and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with 1 handful ice cubes and shake until cold.
  3. Strain the margarita into the glass with the salted rim. Fill the glass with ice and serve.


*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

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

Keywords: Hennessy cocktails

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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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 :-).