How to mix cognac with other drinks

How to mix cognac with drinks, in 4 principles

    Discover how to mix drinks with cognac in the Maison Martell ‘How to cognac’ series.
    Learn more about cognac and Martell here.

    Mixing flavours with cognac

    Highlight different tasting notes in your Martell cocktail by adding bitters, herbs, orange peel or spices to transform the flavour of a cognac drink.

    Mixing flavours with cognac

    Changing temperature

    Warmed up with tea, colded by ice or frozen glass, change the temperature of cognac to reveal its complexity.

    Changing cognac temperature

    Glasses to drink cognac

    Glassware will transform the aromas of any mixed drink, use the right glass to drink cognac.

    Glasses to drink cognac

    Pouring cognac

    The act of pouring cognac matters in the experience of mixing a drink: turn a cocktail into a drinking experience.

    how to pour cognac


    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 mix cognac with coke?

    Coke and cognac are both popular drinks enjoyed in their own right. So it should be no surprise that mixing cognac with coke creates a minor taste sensation.

    The fruity and floral notes of a Martell VS or Martell VSOP cognac work well with the sugary bubbles of the famous brown soda.

    Finding the right ratio for the mix is key. The most common mix for spirits with cola is 2 parts cola to 1 part spirit, however, this can prove overpowering with a cognac and coke. Instead, try 3 parts cognac to 8 parts coke for a more nuanced mixed drink.

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