Cognac cocktails throughout history

Cognac, the brandy known throughout the world, can be enjoyed naturally on its own but also for a very long time in cocktails. From historical recipes to the most current ones, follow us to learn all about the history of cognac-based cocktails.

Great classics

As early as the 19th century, cognac was found in the first cocktails . They have often become great classics in bars around the world, from New York to Shanghai and from London to… Cognac.

Among the very first cocktail recipes was the Mint Julep . Created in 1800 in the United States, its recipe is simple: cognac, fresh mint and sugar!

A little later, around 1830, the Sazerac was created in France . Its recipe is more elaborate, combining cognac, sugar, Bitter Peychaud (based on gentian), absinthe and lemon. It is still a classic of great cognac-based cocktails.

Thirty years later, so in 1860, Cognac Collins was invented in London . The recipe is still valid:

  • Cognac 40 ml
  • Lemon juice 20 ml
  • Sugar 15 ml
  • Sparkling water 120 ml

A new generation of mixologists, new and original recipes

Cognac is constantly reinventing itself and inspires younger generations of cocktail lovers. Elegance, freshness, harmony, original flavors … the creativity of bartenders and mixologists is at the rendezvous to enhance the know-how of cognac houses.
Among the many recent creations, one has become emblematic: the Cognac Summit . Created in 2008 in Cognac by 20 mixologists from the finest addresses in the cocktail world . It is today a flagship recipe.

The Cognac Summit recipe

Ingredients :

  • 4 thin slices of ginger
  • 4 to 5 ice cubes
  • 4 cl of VSOP cognac
  • 1 lime zest
  • 6 cl of artisanal lemonade
  • 1 thin slice of cucumber

Preparation time 3min

Directly to the glass
Start by placing 4 slices of gingers in the glass and crush them with a pestle.
Add the ice cubes and pour in the cognac.
Add a lime zest, complete with artisanal lemonade
Decorate with a slice of cucumber.

Cognac is also invited to the table to combine with dishes! Combine the flavors of cognac with your starter, main course or dessert? this is possible with the Cognac Pairing application (External link) . It is free on the Apple Store and Android. Beyond advice on combining cognac and dishes , you will find ideas for recipes from chefs with Gault-et-Millau and even quizzes to test your knowledge of the product.

Our good addresses for cognac cocktail bars… in Cognac!

In the city center of Cognac (External link), here are 4 highly recommended addresses to fully enjoy the experience of a cognac-based cocktail:

  • Le Bar Louise (External link) , on Place François 1er , the place created by two trainers passionate about cognac. Unmissable.
  • Le Bar Luciole (External link) , pleasantly located on the banks of the Charente , the place is perfect for discovering the riches of the appellation
  • Indigo by Martell (External link) , a spectacular rooftop (External link) on the top floor of the Enterprise Martell foundation to enjoy creative cocktails.
  • Le 1838 (External link) , in the former cooperage of Maison Monnet, today Hôtel Chais Monnet & Spa , more than 400 cognacs for an exceptional moment.

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