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6 Hennessy Black cocktails that you should learn how to make

Setting itself apart as a distinctively smooth cognac, with a lighter colour and higher proof, the Hennessy Black is meant for crafting a cognac cocktail. Or two.

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If you're looking to shake things up on the home mixology front, we've rounded up some of the best Hennessy Black cognac recipes for you to try at home. Nothing says a new season as much as a change of air. And change of Hennessy cocktails.

6 Hennessy Black cocktails

The Coffee and Cola cocktail

The thing about cognac cocktails is that they deliver a distinctive depth of flavour without being too overpowering. And the Coffee and Cola cocktail is so simple and easy to make that you will feel like you’re the mixologist of your entourage. The flavours of the Hennessy Black combined with the cola and coffee liqueur is faultless for when the leaves shift colours.
 
45 ml Hennessy Black
180 ml cola
10 ml coffee liqueur
1 lime twist
 
Add Hennessy Black and coffee liqueur to a glass with ice. Stir until well chilled. Garnish.

6 Hennessy Black cocktails

The Black Espresso cocktail

The Black Espresso cocktail is a perfectly smooth digestif that will have your imagination wonder of to a dimly lit cocktail bar in Cognac. The ingredients are simple and provide the right amount of energy and elevation to your everyday drink. The aromatic aromas produced by the Hennessy Black balance well with the complex aroma of the espresso.
 
50 ml Hennessy Black
30 ml hot espresso
10 ml Simple syrup
1 star anise

Put all ingredients in a shaker and shake during 8 to 10 seconds. Double strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish.

6 Hennessy Black cocktails

The Spiced Apple cocktail

The Spiced Apple cocktail is a rustic and pleasant drink that isn’t difficult by any stretch to make — and it will certainly make for a memorable experience. Hennessy Black works well with the juicy sweetness of the apple and is contrasted by the tartness of the lemon juice along with a few dashes of angostura bitters to add complexity. It is as light as it is savoury.
 
45 ml Hennessy Black
20 ml Falernum
30 ml apple juice
4 dashes of Angostura Bitter
1 tsp lemon juice
1 grated cinnamon with cinnamon stick
 
Combine all liquids in a shaker. Shake until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with fresh grated cinnamon. Leave the cinnamon stick in the glass.

6 Hennessy Black cocktails

The 5th Avenue cocktail

The French expression ‘La vie en rose’ essentially means to see the world through a rose-coloured glass. The 5th Avenue cocktail with it's pink hue it's enabling just that. With cognac, champagne, grapefruit and pomegranate, this drink is a convincing dose of romance and escapism that we all very much need from time to time.
 
30 ml Hennessy Black
45 ml ruby grapefruit juice
15 ml pomegranate Grenadine
1 top with equal parts champagne and soda
1 grapefruit twist
 
Add all ingredients, except champagne and soda, to a shaker tin with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a Collins glass with fresh ice. Top with equal parts champagne and soda. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

6 Hennessy Black cocktails

The Black Maple cocktail

When the cold months rolls around, it’s time for some dark spirits. The Black Maple cocktail highlights the sweetness of the cognac — along with the spiciness and sweetness of the maple syrup. The combo makes it a complex, interesting, well balanced and an overall fantastic drink, one that captures the essences of fall in a glass.
 
30 ml Hennessy Black
10 ml maple syrup
1 top with soda
 
Add Hennessy Black and maple syrup with ice to a shaker tin. Shake until chilled. Strain into a shot glass. Top with soda.

6 Hennessy Black cocktails

The Blackberry Sangria cocktail

When the weather starts to cool and you feel a crispness in the air, switch out your summer cocktail ingredients for flavours that mix perfectly with Hennessy Black’s pleasant and full-bodied smoothness. The Blackberry Sangria is an easy-to-make crowd pleaser that’s perfect for serving at home — all you need is Hennessy Black, berries, red wine, and club soda.
 
375 ml Hennessy Black
1 bottle of Casa Lapostolle Merlot or similar red wine
250 g raspberries
250 g blackberries
250 g blueberries
250 g strawberries
0.5 cup sugar
375 ml cranberry juice
375 ml club soda
 
Fill punch bowl with ice cubes. Pour each ingredient one by one. Garnish with fruits and leave to rest for 12 hours. Before serving add Hennessy and soda water

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Hennessy Black

Debuting in 2009, Hennessy Black is exclusively available in the United States, setting itself apart as a distinctively smooth cognac perfect for cocktails. Its texture and higher ABV (43%) make it the cognac of choice for many mixologists. These prefered qualities come from selecting young, fresh and vivid eaux-de-vies matured in old oak barrels in Cognac, France.