When you think cognac, you think a dark room, smoking jackets, and big leather chairs, but if you mix in the right ingredients, it can be the perfect base for a refreshing summer cocktail. Eye Opener's Kevin Roth was clued in by Hennessy Master Mixologist, Jordan Bushell.
Jordan pointed out that cognac is based in white wine. He says it's distilled down to essentially concentrate the flavors of white wine, then it's put into barrels to age. So not only do you get the light fruit element from the white wine but the spice from aging in barrels.
To further prove his point, Jordan mixed up three refreshing drinks with Hennessy. Check out the recipes below, and be sure to check out Hennessy.com for more refreshing ideas.
Hennessy Pineapple Fresca
1.5 oz Hennessy VS
.5 oz Chambord or another berry liqueur
5 oz Pineapple aqua fresca *
Garnish: Pineapple Wedge
Method: add all ingredients to a Collins glass with ice and garnish with a ½ Pineapple wedge.
*Pineapple Aqua Fresca
4 cups water
4 cups chopped Pineapple pieces
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 oz lime juice
Method: combine all ingredients in a container, stir until sugar is dissolved and let sit for minimum 6 hours to allow flavor maceration, chill to serve.
2 oz Hennessy V.S
.5oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1.25 oz Honey Syrup (1:1, wildflower honey to water)
1 dash Angostura bitters
top with soda
Garnish: Lemon Twist
Glass: rocks glass
Method: Add all liquid to a shaker tin with ice and shake until chilled, strain into a rocks glass with ice, top with soda and garnish with a lemon twist.
2 oz Hennessy VSOP Privilege
.75 oz Orange Curacao
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Garnish: Lemon Twist and Optional sugared rim
Glass: Coupe or Martini
Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker tin with ice, shake until chilled, strain into a chilled cocktail coupe or martini glass, garnish with a lemon twist, and an optional sugared rim.