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5 brunch cocktails to try out this summer

Whether you’re into sweet, fruity, or more adventurous concoctions, we have a cocktail for every long brunch that you’re throwing. So here are 5 drink recipes with cognac that you can make at home, from tried-and-true favorites (looking at you, Henny Ginger) to new-fashioned sips (welcome to the family, White Sangria).


The Henny Chap cocktail
A staple at the brunch table, the Henny Chap cocktail is easy to make and pairs wonderfully with a variety of foods. This drink is fruity, bright, ranging from floral tropical, to bright citrus, and covering the full fruit spectrum. Tips: use fresh-squeezed orange juice to elevate the experience.
1.5 oz Hennessy Very Special
0.75 oz Grenadine
2 oz orange soda
2 oz bitter lemon
1,5 oz orange juice
Fill your mixing glass with the ice cubes. Pour in the cocktail ingredients (except sodas). Stir and pour in the highball glass filled with ice. Top up with sodas. Stir quickly. Add ice if necessary and finish with some garnish.


The Sangria cocktail
Ideal for any gatherings, large or small, sangria makes serving drinks at brunch a little easier. Mix up the wine and fruit base the night before, add Hennessy cognac when your guests arrive, and enjoy your brunch without needing to worry about what cocktail to mix up next.
12.5 oz Hennessy Very Special
9 oz red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon or a similar dark red wine)
4 oz fresh mango juice
4 oz cranberry juice
2 oz peach schnapps
Orange wheels, raspberries, blackberries and peach slices
Mix all cocktail ingredients (except for the Hennessy cognac) together ahead of time. The longer the time it has to macerate, the more the flavors will pop.

Recipe serves 8


The Henny Ginger cocktail

Spicy and bright, the combination of ginger and mint is a proven mixture that has a tangy bite. This is a good cocktail for a small brunch gathering as it takes no time to make, not to mention how professional it’ll make you look muddling the ginger and mint leaves.
1.5 oz Hennessy Very Special
6 fresh mint leaf
3 fresh ginger slices
3 oz Ginger beer
Muddle some ginger and mint leaf in your shaker. Pour in the Hennessy Very Special cognac. Fill your shaker with the ice cubes. Shake and pour the drink over ice in a glass. Top up with Ginger beer and garnish.


The Hennessy Mai Tai cocktail

This Mai Tai made with Hennessy V.S cognac is the pinnacle of the traditional classic. The sweet spice plays subtly with the fruit flavors and is an excellent choice for brunch if you're after a brunch drink that's both tropical and fruity.
1.5 oz Hennessy Very Special
0.25 oz orange Curaçao
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz Orgeat syrup
1 splash Simple syrup
Add all cocktail ingredients to a shaker tin with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Garnish your drink with an orange wedge and mint sprig.


The White Sangria cocktail

This brunch drink is not the traditional red sangria, but lighter and with some brighter citrus and white grape notes. The cocktail recipe maximizes the fruit content and adds a new twist, using white wine instead of a traditional red one – a hit at every brunch!
12 oz Hennessy Very Special
12 oz white wine
4 oz fresh mango juice
4 oz white cranberry juice
2 oz Simple syrup
1 oz peach schnapps
Orange wheels
White grapes
Peach slices when in season
Add all cocktail ingredients into a punch bowl. Leave to rest for 12 hours. Add ice. Before serving add Hennessy cognac and soda water.

Recipe Serves 9

Hennessy V.S

Hennessy Very Special (V.S) is one of the most popular cognacs in the world. Matured in new oak barrels, Hennessy V.S is bold and fragrant. Its beguiling character is uniquely Hennessy, a timeless choice with an intensity all its own. Hennessy V.S offers toasted and fruit notes, with a rich, clearly defined palate and a welcoming exuberance.

Hennessy V.S expresses its vibrant and dynamic personality through unique artist partnerships and annual limited editions. Easy to enjoy, it’s a perfect cognac for high-energy occasions and sharing the moment.

The round and robust flavors of Hennessy V.S make it very versatile and ideal for any cocktail possibility, from classic recipes and sophisticated cocktail creations to easy mixed drinks.