Best mains & starters to eat with cognac

The perfect cognac pairing with mains & starters

    Perfect your next cognac dinner pairing by selecting the best food to eat with cognac, whether cognac with starters or cognac with main courses.

    From youngest to old cognac

    Planning a menu of food that goes well with cognac? Progress from young cognac to old cognac to not overwhelm the palate.

    The best cognac pairing for mains and starters

    Cognac pairings with main courses

    Understand the secret to pairing mains and cognac (including veal with cognac), and Asian food cognac pairing. Finding the best cognac pairing for main courses is easier than you might think.

    The best cognac pairing for main courses

    Cognac pairings with starters

    The best starters with cognac make for audacious combinations bound to impress your invited guests. Cognac and seafood, or cognac and foie gras are both excellent choices to begin any dining experience.

    The best cognac pairing for starters


    What can you 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 cocktail. For a range of Martell cocktails to try, see our cocktails section.

    What to pair with cognac?

    Like with any good wine, understanding the essentials of Martell cognac food pairing or cigar pairing can augment your tasting experience in delicious new ways. Whether with chocolate, main dishes, dessert or cigars, pairing with cognac can tickle your taste buds and stimulate your senses.

    What other drinks go well with cognac?

    Cognac is a surprisingly versatile spirit, which lends itself to being enjoyed in many exciting combinations. Some of the best cognac cocktails can be easily made at home.

    Yet cognac can also be enjoyed in long drinks with simple mixers such as ginger ale. Here, the strength of the spice creates a thirst-quenching aperitif with a gingery kick. For the more adventurous, this Cognac and Ginger Ale recipe includes a laurel and citronella syrup.

    Or consider combining cognac with an infusion of tea or flowers. This recipe for a Flower Power cocktail uses homemade osmanthus syrup to delicate effect.

    And let’s not forget the classic water or soda. A splash or even a few drops will stir up the cognac’s aromas. For a bolder expression, try this Fine à l’Eau cocktail, with soda, verjus and simple syrup.

    Why does cognac and asian food pair so well?

    Cognac is renowned for its refined taste and aromas, a reason for which this most famous French spirit is exported and enjoyed the world over. Yet it may come as a surprise to learn that cognac makes an excellent combination when paired with Asian dishes.

    So what makes cognac and Asian food such a delicious match? Asian food, especially Chinese cuisine, has a complex character that complements the bold, fruity and lighter nature of VSOP cognacs.

    Martell Distinction complements the myriad flavours of Asian cuisine, such as a vegetarian Indonesia nasi goreng fried rice, loaded with fresh vegetables, or Thai broccoli soup with coconut milk.

    If pairing a dish flavoured with piquant spice such as ginger, paprika and pepper, an XO cognac will easily hold its own.

    Select the best cognac for your next cognac pairing with starters and mains

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

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