5 easy spring cocktail recipes: ready, set, stir
With the onset of spring comes a whole new set of drinks, channelling the breeziness of the season. At Hennessy that means cognac cocktails that are light and easy to make.
Springtime comes with an array of refreshing drinks, but the best ones are those that can be mixed together with a few ingredients. Here are five Hennessy cognac cocktails that offer maximum refreshment with minimal effort.
A Timeless Favourite
The Hennessy Tonic
The Hennessy Tonic is an uplifting spring cocktail for a warm afternoon and is as invigorating as soft spring rain in April. The recipe lets fresh lime take centre stage, accompanied by Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège and tonic water – a drink made easy at home as you unthaw.
45ml Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège
Top with tonic water
Put ice cubes to fill the glass. Pour in Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège. Top with tonic water and garnish with a lime wedge.
A cool-weather classic, the American 75 cocktail is a take on the all-time classic French 75. By lightening it up with bubbles and adding a hefty hit of cola, this drink transforms into the perfect brunch go-to – light and vibrant with flavour, this one's for drinking slow.
45ml Hennessy V.S
25ml cola syrup
15ml fresh lime juice
2 dash angostura bitters
Top with Chandon Brut
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice, except for the Chandon. Shake to chill. Strain into a wine glass. Top up with Chandon and garnish with a lime twist.
It's festive, citrusy, and oh-so-easy to make! The Sidecar cocktail requires just three ingredients – Hennessy cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice – perfect for spring sipping, with its crisp taste. This drink originated in the Ritz Hotel Bar in Paris and has been delighting cognac lovers for over a century, and there's a good reason it remains a hit!
50 ml Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège
15 ml Cointreau™
15 ml lemon juice
1 orange zest
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice cubes. Shake vigorously until well mixed and well chilled. Strain into a glass and garnish with orange zest.
Looking for a drink with a little jolt? The Coco Colada, with its velvety play, is sweet enough to perk you up and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time. The cocktail recipe calls for both Amaretto and chocolate syrup, paired with the richness of the Hennessy Very Special cognac. Accent it with a cherry and an orange slice to make it a memorable experience!
45ml Hennessy V.S
60ml coconut cream or Piña Colada mix
15ml chocolate syrup
10ml lime juice
Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry
Add all ingredients to a shaker tin with ice. Shake until chilled. Pour entire contents of shaker into hurricane glass. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.
Tea Ceremony Cocktail
Green tea, with a hint of citrus is a sure sign of spring, and the Tea Ceremony Cocktail puts it to good use. The five-ingredient drink has a gentle floral flavour with a unique twist, thanks to the Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège cognac – traditional and botanical flavours make this Collins glass cocktail a real beauty.
45ml Hennessy VSOP Privilège
15ml Grand Marnier
60ml strong green tea chilled and unsweetened
15ml fresh lemon juice
30ml simple syrup
Combine all liquids in a shaker tin and shake until well chilled. Strain into a Collins glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a twist of orange and a mint sprig.
Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège is a balanced cognac, expressing 200 years of Hennessy's know-how. The fruit of nature’s uncertainties, this unique blend has tamed the elements to craft and embody the original concept of cognac. The emotion awakened by the pleasure of tasting it continually reveals new facets of its personality.
The savoir-faire of the Maison Hennessy is fully expressed in this balanced cognac: the selection of eaux-de-vie, aging and assemblage. A cognac of remarkable consistency and vitality, Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège conveys all of the savoir-faire of the Hennessy master blenders who have ensured the continued success of this harmonious assemblage for 200 years.
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