Just as Champagne gets its name from the region in which its grapes are cultivated, cognac is a form of brandy that originated in the French town by the same name.
According to French regulations, cognac must be twice distilled and aged in oak barrels for a minimum of two years. There are four main cognac producers. Perhaps the most widely known cognac brand is Hennessey.
Founded in 1765 by Irish retiree Richard Hennessy, Hennessey distillery has remained in the Hennessey lineage for 18 generations.
Hennessey’s numerous cognac varieties are the gold standard of brandy.
Mixers for Hennessy
Hennessy cognac is delicious for sipping. However, if you’d rather have a cocktail, you can explore the following list of what to mix with Hennessy.
Tonic water is a popular spirit mixer, but it originated as a medicinal tonic to cure Malaria.
The key ingredient is quinine, extracted from the bark of the South American Cinchona tree.
Quinine gives tonic water a distinct bitter finish.
Most tonic waters have added sugar for a sweet and bitter palate that adds depth and fizziness when added to Hennessey.
Ginger ale is another remedial beverage that doubles perfectly as a Hennessey mixer.
It has a delicate carbonation and a subtle gingery sweetness that calms the stomach and blends well with the fruity, spicy, and tobacco flavors inherent in Hennessy’s Privilege cognac.
On Hennessey’s website, they provide the perfect ratio of ginger ale to Hennessey in their Ginger Cocktail.
Hennessey ages its cognac in oak barrels, instilling rich flavors of caramel and vanilla.
Considering the popularity of Vanilla Coke, Hennessy and Coke both mimics the flavor and adds a nice helping of alcohol to the mix.
Hennessy cognac is a wonderful spirit to sip as it has a complex flavor profile and a smooth finish the longer it’s aged.
If you love the taste of Hennessey but find it a bit too strong to sip neat, club soda is what you mix with Hennessy.
Club soda adds both carbonation and sodium to neutralize the strength of alcohol in Hennessy while also enhancing its flavor.
Guava is a tropical fruit with pink, pulpy, and gritty flesh that has a flowery, slightly sweet flavor.
Most guava juices have added sugar. Guava juice, like tonic water, has a sweet palate and a bitter, dry finish.
I like to combine guava juice, Hennessey, and lime juice with strawberry puree for a fruity cognac cocktail.
There are countless pre-prepared margarita mixes on the market, but it’s exceedingly simple to make your own with a mixture of water, lime juice, and sugar.
The tart and sweet citrus mix doesn’t have to be for tequila alone.
This Hennessy margarita adds equal parts Hennessey, tequila, and Cointreau to the margarita mix for a rich, alcoholic libation.
Pineapple has an unmistakably tropical flavor that works well with spice, and you’ll see it covered in chili powder or combined with raw chilies for salsas in Mexico.
Pineapple juice adds acidic sweetness to complement Hennessey’s spicy palate.
I like to combine margarita or sour mix with pineapple juice with Hennessy to create a Hennessy Sour.
Apple juice is the sweetest Hennessey mixer, complementing a spicy and robust pour of cognac.
Hennessey recommends using unfiltered apple juice for added texture and an all-natural depth of flavor.
I recommend combining apple juice with Hennessy’s signature V.S, with its creamy texture, vanilla flavor, and crisp botanical finish.
Cranberry juice is a classic fall beverage, its tart flavor and rich, silky texture offering a deep crimson color that dresses up any cocktail.
Many times, cranberry juice comes in a blend with a sweeter fruit like apple or pineapple.
With that sentiment, I recommend a cranberry and pineapple juice Hennessy cocktail.
Iced tea encompasses a wide range of flavors, from black to green, to herbal.
Teas, like wine, have a dry finish due to their tannin content. Considering Hennessey is a spirit made from wine, tea will accentuate a dry finish.
It’s also a refreshing mixer that I like to combine with lemon and sugar in a Hennessy-spiked Southern sweet tea.
Lemons are a favorite flavor enhancer for most beverages and dishes.
Lemon juice offers a bright, sour punch to any drink and helps temper sweetness.
Lemon juice is a key ingredient in numerous Hennessey cocktail recipes, from Hennessey Honey cocktails to my personal favorite, the Punch Royal.
Lemon soda is essentially a fizzy sour mix. You can make your own fizzy lemonade or buy manufactured lemon soda.
I like the Schweppes Bitter Lemon on the San Pellegrino Limonata soda varieties.
I like to combine lemon soda with Hennessy and muddled strawberries for a summery cognac cocktail.
In contrast to lemon soda, Sprite is a lemon-lime soda with a sweeter lime flavor.
It has a heavy carbonation and sodium content which serves to accentuate the lemon and lime flavoring.
Hennessey offers a delicious sprite cocktail called the Playmaker that combines sprite, cranberry juice, and lemon juice with Hennessy.
Mixers for Hennessy
- Tonic Water
- Ginger Ale
- Coca Cola
- Club Soda
- Guava Juice
- Margarita Mix
- Pineapple Juice
- Apple Juice
- Cranberry Juice
- Ice Tea
- Lemon Juice
- Lemon Soda
Try mixing Hennessy with any of these mixers for a delicious cocktail!