How to drink cognac on the rocks

The art of drinking cognac on the rocks

    Cognac on ice is said to be cognac on the rocks.
    Appreciating how to drink cognac on the rocks requires more consideration than one might think.

    Which glass to use to drink your cognac on the rocks?

    Finding the best glass for cognac will impact your tasting experience. A rocks glass is ideal, as its solid base insulates the ice from warming too quickly in your hand. The thinner the glass rim, the more pleasant the sensation on the lips.

    Which glass to drink cognac on the rocks

    How much cognac should you pour?

    When deciding how much cognac in a glass, consider that a larger cognac quantity can make it harder to turn, and the cognac to fully open. Yet with too little cognac, it may not fully express all its delightful character.

    How much cognac should you pour on the rocks

    How to serve cognac on the rocks?

    Serving cognac on the rocks requires some care. When pouring cognac on the rocks it is best to add ice cubes first to limit any shock. It is not uncommon to offer the ice to one side, in a separate bowl with tongs for careful placement.

    How to serve cognac on the rocks?


    What to mix with cognac?

    Cognac is a very versatile drink. It may be drunk neat, over ice or diluted with a little water. It can be mixed with quality mixers, such as soda or traditional lemonade to make a long drink, or used to make a cognac cocktail. For a range of Martell cocktails to try, see our cocktails section.

    Can cognac mix with other alcohols?

    Yes, you can mix cognac with other alcohols, especially as part of a mixed drink such as a champagne and cognac cocktail. Consult our recipe pages for audacious and delicious cocktails, including the Cashew Dream with Martell Blue Swift and Kahlua, or the fruity and refreshing Martell Chapman with Martell Blue Swift and bitters.

    Which easy cocktails use cognac?

    Whether you are seeking an original Martell cognac cocktail recipe, or to spice things up with a unique twist, there are many easy cocktails using cognac that can be made in less than 5 minutes.

    The Ginger Spice is an easy-to-make cognac cocktail that brings out the delicious fruit and spice aromas of Martell VS cognac. The Julep is an American summer cocktail favourite, while the Robust Coffee made with Martell VSOP is an excellent after-dinner cocktail. Or why not try a Swift Old Fashioned, or Float with Martell VS? Discover our easy cocktails using cognac.

    What are the best cocktails with cognac?

    Some of the best cocktails with cognac can be made at home, thanks to these exclusive recipes made with Martell.

    Find recipes for simple cognac cocktails, alongside veritable classics and more complex innovations created by master mixologists.

    These include the Twisted Sidecar. Made with Martell Noblige cognac, triple sec and lemon juice, this sidecar cocktail recipe adds a twist with the addition of Italian red bitters and pomegranate juice.

    Fruity and refreshing, it’s hard to go past a Derby cocktail with cognac. Take Martell VSOP cognac, blackberry juice and honey syrup, add a dash of orange bitters and grapefruit to garnish.

    Then there is the classic Summer Collins cocktail with cognac. Martell’s recipe calls for Martell VS, lemon juice and maple syrup, with slices of fresh peach and a splash of soda water.

    Can you drink cognac on the rocks?

    While cognac can be enjoyed in countless ways, one of the most common is to serve it on ice.
    When cognac is served on ice, it is said to be ‘on the rocks’. The ice gradually melts in the glass, warming and diluting the cognac to create an ever-changing consumption experience.

    A perfect Martell cognac on the rocks requires some thought and consideration

    Browse the Maison Martell collection, and use our comparison tool to find the best match.

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    Mastering cognac


    Learning how to serve cognac is only the first step towards mastering cognac. From food pairing with cognac, to cooking with cognac and mixing cognac drinks, take your skills to the next level with our ‘How to cognac’ series.

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