Christmas is always a wonderful time to enjoy Cognac, be it neat, over ice, with a mixer or… In a delicious Cognac cocktail. Now, while you may well associate such a drink with the balmy days of summer, there are some wonderful concoctions created specifically for the festive season.
Of course, the Cognac Expert team felt it only right that we sampled these delights, and having done so we’d be derelict in our duty if we didn’t bring them to your attention. So without further ado, let’s take a look at our list of 10 Christmas cocktails specifically created to be enjoyed during “the most wonderful time of the year”.
1. Cognac Apple Cider
This refreshing mix is truly delicious and so easy to make. Place ice in a glass pitcher, add 4 ounces of Cognac, 2 cups of apple cider, and a whole orange (cut into wedges). Pour into glasses, squeeze a wedge of orange over the top and garnish with a cinnamon stick and wedge of apple.
2. Christmas Eggnog
This tipsy little number is heavy on the alcohol and even heavier on the calories… But then, it’s only Christmas once a year, and if you can’t blow the diet now, when on earth can you?
Gather the ingredients before you start:
- 12 Eggs
- ¾ cup of super fine sugar
- ½ pint heavy cream
- 1 pint milk
- 1 pint Cognac
- ½ pint dark rum
Separate the eggs and place the whites to one side. Slowly beat the sugar into the egg yoks until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the Cognac and then the rum. Stir in the heavy cream and milk. Put to one side. Now beat the egg whites into peaks, once done fold gently into the egg yolk mix. Stir in the grated nutmeg and voila! A deliciously decadent Christmas Eggnog. Just make sure you’re not driving…
3. Holiday Punch Bowl
A great cocktail for parties, and one where you get to show of your punch bowl as well. It takes a little prep but is well worth the effort. Let’s look at the ingredients it contains:
- 4 lemons
- 1 cup demerara sugar
- 4 tea bags
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 ½ cups Cognac
- 1 ½ cups dark rum
- Fresh nutmeg
The day before you plan to make this holiday punch you need to remember to put a 2-quart bowl of water in the freezer. Skin the lemons (you only want the zest) and place in a large bowl. Add the sugar and mash together. Boil a quart of water, remove from the heat and add the tea bags. Allow them to steep for around 5 minutes, remove the bags and pour the tea onto the sugar and lemon peel mix. Stir in the lemon juice, add the Cognac and rum and stir well. Place in the refrigerator to cool.
Pour into the punch bowl, add the frozen ice block that you remembered to freeze yesterday, and grate the fresh nutmeg over the top.
An over-proof VS works really well in this Cognac punch, such as the Meukow VS 90.
4. Cognac Milk Tea
The current craze in The Philippines is that of Hennessy Milk Tea, a drink that can be enjoyed hot or cold. OK, so perhaps this isn’t a specifically Christmas cocktail, but the drink’s become so popular that the largest of all Cognac houses has created their own Hennessy Milk Tea recipe.
This is a really simple cocktail to make. Simply Fuse some good quality black tea in hot water, adding sugar to taste. Cool the tea in the refrigerator if you want the cocktail cold. Swirl in some milk and then mix in a generous slug of Cognac. To remain true to the recipe you should use Hennessy VS, but if you want to up the ante a little then we suggest a good VSOP. After all, it is Christmas…
5. Can-Can 300
This one’s courtesy of Martell, and is a wonderful way to enjoy the delights of Martell Cordon Bleu. It’s super simple to create and is a great option for a post-Christmas Dinner drink.
Simply combine 40ml Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac with 10ml Byrrh and 10ml of IPA syrup in a rocks glass and garnish with dried pineapple. Delicious…
6. Dirty White Mother
This little baby looks as good at it tastes, plus you can wow your friends and family with your cocktail making abilities.
Take a short 10oz cocktail glass and fill with crushed ice. Add 2oz of Kahlua, then 1 ½ oz of Cognac. Gently pour milk, cream, or half and half on the top, it will layer beautifully as long as you add it slowly.
This is a pretty special cocktail—one that deserves a good quality Cognac. We suggest the Remy Martin Napoleon 1738 Accord Royal Tradition lends itself beautifully to this mix.
7. Martell Elixir
This is a delightful alternative to enjoying a Martell XO (or there’s nothing to say you can’t use any other Extra Old Cognac of your choice). For anyone who’s imbibed in our find of the year, that of Audry Cognac, their XO would lend itself beautifully to this.
This one takes a little preparation but we guarantee you that it’s well worth the effort.
Place 10ml Belsazar Rose Vermouth, 5ml apricot liqueur, 5ml passion fruit cordial, and 50ml cold lemon myrtle tea into a wine carafe. Place this in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours. Pour 35ml of the XO Cognac into a wine glass and stir in the yummy mixture from the wine carafe. Sip and enjoy…
8. Hennessy Holiday Sauce
This Hennessy classic uses their staple VS as the Cognac of choice. It’s another one that’s a breeze to prepare, and is made as follows:
Place 1 ½ ox Hennessy VS in a cocktail shaker. Add 1.2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice, a heaped tablespoon of the Christmas cranberry source, and a dash of cranberry bitters. Add crushed ice and then shake, shake, shake until it’s well chilled.
Prepare some martini glasses by rubbing the rim with a freshly cut lemon and dip in a mixture of cinnamon sugar (simply mix equal amounts of grated cinnamon and white sugar). Pour in the cocktail and garnish with an orange twist.
9. Classic Champagne Cocktail
Cognac and Champagne—what’s not to like? This takes no prep whatsoever, but it’ll certainly wow anyone you serve it to. You can even prepare at the table.
Get your champagne flutes ready. Place a white sugar cube on a spoon and cover with 2 dashes of bitters. Drop into the champagne flute, add the Cognac and top up with Champagne. There you have it, the perfect pre-dinner cocktail…
Such a delight deserves a great Champagne combined with a Cognac of Napoleon or XO quality, such as the ABK6 XO Family Reserve Aged 10 Years, or something of equal substance.
10. 5 O’clock in Charente
This is another delight from the house of Martell, and can be served in a glass or even a beautifully dainty tea cup. Start with a punch bowl that contains a big block of ice. Add 600ml of Martell VS Cognac, 200ml of Schezuan syrup, 300ml of cold Ruby Red tea, 200ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and top up with Perrier Jouet. Garnish with lemon wheels, blackberries, raspberries, and edible flowers.
Sources: martell.com, hennessy.com, bbc.com