Hennessy is one of the most recognizable cognacs in the world, it is certainly one of the most popular.
Distilled in the Charente region of France this brandy has a huge reputation for excellence, taste and tradition.
We have found 14 of the best Hennessy cocktails for you to enjoy.
It is of course an incredibly good drink by itself but when blended with other spirits and mixers it produces some of the tastiest cocktails around.
1. Strawberry Hennessy
The strawberry Hennessy is a cocktail that tastes as good as it looks. Blending strawberries, Hennessy and Grand Marnier produces a deliciously intoxicating aroma. And the taste is spectacular too.
Half fill a glass with ice and add the sliced strawberries. Pour in the cognac and Grand Marnier then top up with the strawberry syrup.
You can make your own strawberry syrup very easily with either fresh or frozen strawberries or use store bought.
Stir the cocktail gently and garnish with some sliced strawberries and serve.
2. Hennessy And Lemonade
The great thing about Hennessy is that it is a fantastic drink on its own but can also be mixed with a variety of mixers, including lemonade.
Simply arrange some lemon and lime slices in a Collins glass. Then fill halfway with ice cubes.
Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice and pour in the Hennessy, lemonade and lemon juice. Shake vigorously.
Strain and pour the cocktail into the prepared glass.
You can use flavored lemonade for this recipe, such as mango.
3. Hennessy Margarita
Who doesn’t love a margarita? And with a Hennessy margarita you get that extra special cognac boost.
This is a tangy and fruity cocktail which is also quite strong. The ingredients are Hennessy, Cointreau or Triple Sec sweet and sour mix and lime juice.
First you need that classic salt rim on your glass. Then mix the ingredients in the cocktail shaker adding ice cubes halfway through.
Shake vigorously and then strain. Pour into your prepared cocktail glass and serve with ice and a garnish.
4. Hennessy & Pineapple Juice
Pineapple juice is a versatile cocktail mixer and goes particularly well with cognac. So this Hennessy and pineapple juice combination will go down a treat.
This is a refreshing cocktail with the sweet and sour tastes of pineapple blended with the spicy oak taste of Hennessy. A smooth, satisfying drink.
Pour the liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker that you have filled with ice. Shake vigorously
Strain the contents and pour into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and serve.
5. Mango Hennessy
There are so many mixers that Hennessy cognac goes well with and mango is certainly one of them.
The tropical sweetness of the mango complements the smooth but spicy Hennessy. Try this for a refreshing sweet cocktail.
Put the cognac, mango puree, syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake well. Strain the mixture into a Collins glass with some ice.
Top with club soda and a slice of lemon wheel on the side of the glass.
6. Hennessy Sidecar
A Hennessy sidecar is perhaps the most iconic cognac cocktail (see also ‘17 Simple Cognac Cocktails‘). It’s definitely one of the most popular.
There are conflicting claims to its origin but the most widely accepted is that it came from Harry’s New York bar in Paris. Apparently it was made for an army captain who rode up to the bar in a motorcycle sidecar.
All the ingredients, Hennessy, Grand Marnier, fresh lemon juice and syrup are put into a cocktail shaker with ice. Mix well and then strain into a chilled coupe glass.
7. French Connection
An aromatic and satisfying cocktail which is named after the 1971 film of the same name starring Gene Hackman.
This drink is a mixture of Hennessy cognac and Amaretto, a sweet Italian almond liqueur.
Use an old fashioned glass with some ice cubes in and pour the Hennessy and Amaretto over them.
Proportions are typically one ounce of Amaretto to one and a half ounces of cognac. But if you prefer your cocktail drier use a 2:1 ratio of Hennessy to liqueur.
8. Vieux Carre
This is a complex and intriguing cocktail full of interesting ingredients. So naturally there is Hennessy cognac but also rye whiskey and sweet vermouth.
Then there are the alluring ingredients like Benedictine herbal liqueur, Angostura bitters and Peychaud’s bitters.
Prepare a mixing glass by filling it with ice cubes. Measure the Hennessy, rye whiskey and sweet vermouth using a jigger. Add the Benedictine and dashes of both bitters.
Stir and then strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice cubes. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry or lemon slice.
9. Hennessey Stinger
With just two ingredients you would imagine this cocktail to be a bit common, but that’s quite the opposite.
The inventor of this drink is thought to be Reginald Vanderbilt who allegedly served it to guests in his home in the 1900s. It was often associated with high society and wealth.
To make this cocktail Hennessy and white creme de menthe are added to a mixing glass with ice and stirred until well chilled.
Pour into a rocks glass over some crushed ice to serve.
10. French 75
This iconic cocktail has alternatively been made with gin and cognac, with disputes about which was the original spirit base.
But we believe it tastes much better with Hennessy. It’s a fizzy and refreshing drink, just strong enough to get you tipsy.
To make this cocktail, put the Hennessy, lemon juice and syrup into a cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake it just long enough to chill.
Pour into a chilled champagne glass and top with champagne. Add a lemon twist and serve.
11. Café Amore
For a warm after dinner cocktail a café amore is perfect. This delightful nutty coffee drink has an enticing aroma and delicious flavor.
It is beautiful in its simplicity with just three ingredients of cognac, amaretto and hot coffee.
The crowning glory of this cocktail is the garnish of whipped cream and shaved almonds.
Using an Irish coffee glass pour in the cognac and amaretto. Then fill it up with black coffee. Top off with the whipped cream and shavings of almond nuts.
12. Hennessy Slushie
We have found these delightful Hennessy slushies for you to enjoy.
A yellow Hennessy slushie is made from cognac, Triple Sec, orange juice and pineapple juice. A red Hennessy slushie comprises cognac, sweet revenge, strawberry daiquiri and fruit punch.
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl and then add to a slushie machine. Do them one at a time.
Then alternately add the red and yellow mixes into a glass to achieve a great color mix. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice to serve.
13. Hennessy 44
A bubbly and refreshing drink this Hennessy 44 cocktail will be a hit with you and your friends.
With Moët & Chandon champagne as one of the ingredients it’s also a very posh cocktail to add to your repertoire. Pineapple juice adds a refreshing sweetness.
Fill a highball glass with ice and pour in the Hennessy and pineapple juice. Add the champagne and stir gently.
Garnish with a slice of lemon or pineapple and serve.
14. Jack-O’-Lantern Cocktail
This Hennessy cocktail is a fun addition to your Halloween celebrations. It also has wonderful flavors of orange and ginger ale.
To make the cocktail add the Hennessy, orange liqueur and orange juice to a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake well to mix and chill.
Then strain the mixture into an old fashioned glass over some fresh ice cubes. Top up the glass with the ginger ale.
In the middle of an orange wheel, put a twist of lime. Float this on top of the cocktail.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Most Popular Way To Drink Hennessy?
Cocktails are a popular way to drink Hennessy for many people and there are plenty of them to enjoy. Some like a glass of cognac and club soda with a lemon slice.
Can You Put Hennessy In The Refrigerator?
The best way to store Hennessy cognac is at room temperature in a dark place such as a drinks cabinet. It should not be kept in places of extreme heat or cold.
What Is The Best Drink To Mix With Hennessy?
One of the best types of drink to mix with Hennessy cognac is fruit juice. For example, orange, pineapple, lemon, guava, cranberry or apple juice will all taste amazing with Hennessy.
Is Hennessy A Strong Drink?
Hennessy like most cognac is 40% alcohol by volume or ABV, so it is a strong drink. This is why it should be mixed with club soda, coke or fruit juices.
How Is Cognac Made?
Cognac is made from white grapes which are double distilled to produce a liquid known as eau de vie. This is what is used to make Hennessy as well as other brands of cognac.
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