Classic Cognac Cocktails: Elevate Your Cognac Experience with Mixology


    Welcome to the world of mixology, where artistry meets flavor, and every sip tells a story. At Martell, we believe that the rich, complex flavors of cognac deserve to be celebrated in a variety of ways. Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or just beginning to explore the world of spirits, mixing cognac into classic cocktails is a surefire way to elevate your drinking experience.

    Join us at Martell, as we delve into the history of mixology and share some timeless cocktail recipes featuring our finest cognacs.


    Vieux Carré: A Classic Cognac Cocktail

    Originating from the vibrant streets of New Orleans, the Vieux Carré is a quintessential cocktail that perfectly balances the bold flavors of cognac with the sweetness of vermouth and the complexity of bitters.  

    How to create the cocktail? 

    1. Simply combine equal parts cognac, rye whiskey, and sweet vermouth in a mixing glass with orange bitters and natural botanicals such as herbs, spices, citrus peels. 
    2. Stir with ice until well-chilled, then strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a twist of lemon peel. 

    The result? A sophisticated cocktail that pays homage to the spirit of the French Quarter. 

    Which Martell cognac to use for a Vieux Carré cocktail? 

    it’s ideal to use a cognac that’s robust and full-bodied, with complex flavors that can stand up to the other ingredients in the drink. Look for a cognac that’s aged for at least a few years, as this aging process adds depth and richness to the spirit. 

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    Stinger: A Timeless Cognac Cocktail

    For a refreshingly minty twist on classic cognac cocktails, look no further than the Stinger. Dating back to the early 20th century, this simple yet elegant drink combines the warmth of cognac with the coolness of crème de menthe.  

    How to prepare a stinger cocktail?  

    1. Shake together two parts cognac and one part crème de menthe with ice until well-chilled.
    2. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint for a touch of visual appeal. With its smooth, invigorating taste, the Stinger is the perfect choice for those warm summer evenings. 

    For a Stinger cocktail, you’ll want to choose a Martell cognac that complements the other ingredients while adding depth and complexity to the drink. Since the Stinger is a simple cocktail with only two main ingredients, the quality of the cognac you use will have a significant impact on the final flavor. 

    Sazerac: A Toast to Tradition in a Cognac Cocktail

    Steeped in history and tradition, the Sazerac is a timeless cocktail that holds a special place in the hearts of cognac enthusiasts everywhere. Originating from New Orleans in the 19th century, this iconic drink features a base of cognac accented with the subtle flavors of absinthe, sugar, and bitters.

    How To create your own Sazerac with Martell cognac?

    1. Start by chilling a glass with a rinse of absinthe, then muddle a sugar cube with a few dashes of orange bitters.
    2. Add two parts cognac and stir with ice until well-chilled.
    3. Strain into the prepared glass and garnish with a lemon twist for a touch of brightness.

    With its bold flavors and unmistakable character, the Sazerac is sure to impress even the most discerning palates.

    Here are some recommendations for Martell cognacs that work well in a Cognac Sazerac:

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    Between the Sheets recipe cognac cocktail 

    Looking to add a touch of sophistication to your next cocktail hour? Look no further than the Between the Sheets. This classic libation combines the smoothness of cognac with the brightness of rum and the tartness of lemon juice for a truly unforgettable drinking experience.  

    How To make your own Between the Sheets cocktail? 

    1. Shake together equal parts cognac, rum, and triple sec with a splash of lemon juice and a touch of simple syrup.  
    2. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a twist of lemon for a burst of citrusy aroma.  

    Whether you’re sipping it at a swanky cocktail lounge or mixing it up at home, the Between the Sheets is sure to leave a lasting impression. 

    For a Between the Sheets cocktail, you’ll want to choose a Martell cognac that harmonizes well with the other ingredients while adding depth and character to the drink.  

    This cocktail typically features equal parts of cognac, rum, and triple sec, along with a splash of lemon juice, so it’s important to select a Martell cognac that complements these flavors without overpowering them. 

    Cognac Alexander: A Timeless Creamy Cocktail

    Rounding out our list of classic cognac cocktails is the Alexander, a decadent libation that’s equal parts indulgent and delicious. Dating back to the early 20th century, this creamy concoction combines the rich flavors of cognac with the sweetness of crème de cacao and the smoothness of cream.

    How To prepare the cocktail?

    1. Simply shake together equal parts cognac, crème de cacao, and cream with ice until well-chilled.
    2. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg for a hint of warmth and spice.
    3. Whether you’re enjoying it as a dessert cocktail or a nightcap, the Alexander is sure to satisfy even the most refined palates.

    For an Alexander cocktail, you’ll want to choose a Martell cognac that complements the other ingredients while adding richness and depth to the drink. This classic cocktail combines cognac with crème de cacao and cream for a luxurious and indulgent experience, so it’s important to select a cognac that enhances these flavors without overpowering them.

    In conclusion, mixology offers a myriad of ways to enjoy the rich, complex flavors of cognac. From the timeless elegance of the Vieux Carré to the indulgent decadence of the Alexander, there’s a classic cocktail to suit every taste and occasion with Martell.

    So why not raise a glass to the art of mixology and discover your new favorite cognac cocktail today?Cheers!

    Disover more about our mixologist Rémy Savage

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