Hennessy is a world-renowned name in cognac. Popular among cognac lovers, Hennessy has a flavor that it’s in class and category all of its own. Hennessy Cognac is also considered one of the most versatile spirits because it can be enjoyed on its own in its natural state, but it also has such a smooth, mellow taste that it blends well with a variety of cocktails mixers, including all the mixers we’ve featured here.
Before indulging in your favorite cognac, discover all the great ways to enjoy a Hennessy cocktail with these perfectly suited mixers.
What Is Hennessy?
Hennessy is a cognac, which is a special type of brandy that’s created through double distilling white wine. Cognac has a long history, dating back to hundreds and hundreds of years ago. Hennessy is by far the biggest name in cognac. Hennessy is currently the largest distiller of the fine spirit, accounting for nearly half of all cognac distillation in the entire world.
After being in the business for more than 250 years, Hennessy offers a line of distinctive cognac, with price points designed for every budget -from affordable to luxury bottles.
How To Drink Hennessy
Cognac is considered an aperitif that’s often enjoyed neat or occasionally on the rocks. Adding just a drop of water can help the flavor of fine cognac bloom and come to life. Some people prefer their cognac to be warmed just slightly or poured into a cocktail shaker with a bit of ice and then strained into a glass.
However, on its own isn’t the only way of drinking and enjoying Hennessy cognac. You can also enjoy the famous cognac with a variety of mixers. If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy your Hennessy, here is a list of the best mixers to try.
13 of the Best Mixers for Hennessy
We’re just going to put one of the most controversial cognac mixers right at the top of our list. Good ol’ Coca-Cola is one of the most popular mixers for all types of alcohol, but for some reason, some devoted cognac lovers turn up their nose at the mention of a bubbly cola mixed in with their favorite Hennessy.
We’re here to tell you that you don’t have to be afraid. Hennessy and coke combine together beautifully. Hennessy has just the right amount of spiciness that blends perfectly to create an excellent cognac coke cocktail. Cherry coke also works nicely thanks to added sweetness and richer cherry flavor.
Ginger ale has a nice bite from the ginger flavor that lends itself well to Hennessy. There are different types of ginger ales out there in the soda market. For pairing with Hennessy, we suggest staying away from those that are too sweet and instead go for a crisper ginger ale that has a nice, intense spice and ginger flavor to it.
Hennessy pairs well with splashes of lemon, lime, or orange, so it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that pairing the cognac with a citrus soda results in a very refreshing cognac cocktail. Lemon-lime soda or grapefruit soda are both excellent choices. For this mixer, you might not need more than just a splash or two since citrus sodas are often very sweet.
Club soda is at the heart of so many great cocktail recipes. It’s the perfect mixer for Hennessy because you can dilute the cognac to your personal preferences without adding overpowering flavors. The effervescence of club soda mixed with Hennessy makes for a nice warm weather drink over ice.
Tonic water is effervescent, but it also has a mild bitterness to it that helps to cut through rich, sweet liqueurs such as cognac. Much like club soda, you can add just a splash to open up the flavors or dilute it more heavily in a highball glass over ice.
The Cran Henny is one of the more popular Hennessy cocktails. The tart sweetness pairs wonderfully with cognac. To make the Cran Henney, just combine one part Hennessy with three parts cranberry juice and serve over ice in a highball glass. Crangrape juice can also be used as a substitute.
Orange juice and cognac were practically made for each other. Their flavors blend together so perfectly. If you prefer a Hennessy cocktail that isn’t too sweet, try squeezing in just a bit of fresh orange juice and garnish with an orange twist.
A bit of apple juice mixed into your Hennessy is a wonderful drink to enjoy during the fall (or any time of year!). Adjust the amount of apple juice to your preference. A splash or two of club soda added in will make a more refreshing cocktail. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or lemon twist for perfection.
Pineapple juice might be the most unexpected juice mixer on our list. Pineapple juice is so sweet and thick that it almost feels like it might be too much when paired with cognac. In the right proportions, the duo actually makes a really great drink. Adding a little club soda, tonic water, or sour mix can help cut through the sweetness.
It’s hard to find a cocktail that isn’t enhanced by a little fresh lemon juice. The bright, tart flavor really cuts through the alcohol burn that even fine liquors come with. Just a touch of lemon juice will brighten up your Hennessy cocktail, but Hennessy and lemonade is also a very pleasant and refreshing drink.
A Hennessy margarita? This does fall out of the traditional definition of margarita because Hennessy is not tequila, but Hennessy mixed with margarita mix is still a pretty tasty drink. To make this cocktail, just grab your favorite margarita mix and blend in a ratio of one part Hennessy to two parts margarita mix. Blend together with the shake of your cocktail strainer, and you’ll discover that a Hennessy margarita might be the tastiest, easiest cocktail you’ve ever enjoyed.
Speaking of easy Hennessy cocktails, it doesn’t get much simpler than Hennessy with iced tea. This is perfect for when the days are hot, and you’re looking for an adult version of a summertime refreshing beverage to help you cool off.
We recommend using unsweetened cold tea for this superstar of refreshing Hennessy cocktails. Fill your glass with ice cubes, add in 1.5 ounces of Hennessy and top off with iced tea. If you like your mixed drinks a little sweeter, a splash of simple syrup will do the trick with this recipe. A squeeze of lime juice and a lime wedge is the perfect accompaniment.
Sparkling Wine or Champagne
The next time you’re ready to raise a toast with some bubbly, try adding a little Hennessy to your glass first. Hennessy and champagne or sparkling wine taste wonderful together, as the effervescence cuts through the richness of Hennessy and creates a perfectly balanced cocktail.
A little simple syrup and fresh lemon juice added to the mix is an incredible twist on the typical champagne cocktail. Adding a dash or two of Angostura bitters to Hennessy and champagnes makes a nice drink with the slightest spicy taste.
What Do You Drink Hennessy With? The Possibilities Are Many!
What is your favorite recipe for a delicious Hennessy cocktail? Hennessy on its own is decadent and wonderful, but there’s no shame in mixing things up and finding new ways to enjoy your favorite drink. The next time you’re wondering what to mix Hennessy with, come back to this list for some cocktail hour inspiration.