How to drink "Hennessy"

How to drink

Hennessy is one of the largest producers of elite alcohol. In the line of products manufactured by it - brandy spirits and brandies of different aging times, including elite and collectible. Many connoisseurs of strong alcohol, saying “Hennessy”, imply a good cognac, and vice versa - anticipating the tasting of high-quality alcohol, they think about the drink of the aforementioned company. It would be rash to use this legendary drink wrong. After all, this would have deprived yourself of the opportunity to appreciate the versatility of the bouquet and a wonderful aftertaste. If you are the proud owner of a bottle of “Hennessy”, you will not hurt to learn how to drink it.

Basic rules of use

The basic rules of cognac tasting are also valid for “Hennessy”.

  • Cognac is considered a digestif, it is customary to serve it after a meal with a company of coffee and a cigar. Other etiquette rules do not provide for additions, although even brandy connoisseurs will not strongly object if you offer him snacks that harmoniously emphasize and set off his bouquet.
  • Flavor “Hennessy” will not be able to reveal, if you taste it chilled. Cognac is served at room temperature, but after it is warmed for some time with the palm of your hand, inhaling a gradually opening bouquet.
  • For tasting cognac, wide glasses are suitable, slightly tapering upwards, like a flower bud. They can be on low leg or without it. The latter slightly tumble to the side, since they have a rounded bottom, they are called “tumblers” by the people.
  • Before you take a sip, evaluate the appearance and flavor of the drink. Slightly rotating the glass, see how long the drops linger on the walls. The longer the drips remain, the more seasoned the brandy. The bouquet does not hurt to breathe in first from a distance of about 20 cm, then at the edge of the glass - it will reveal its different faces.
  • After taking a sip, hold the drink for a while in your mouth, allowing it to slowly flow over the tongue, affecting different taste buds. Only in this way can you fully experience the extraordinary taste of the drink and its long aftertaste.

It is not necessary to provide snacks for cognac according to the rules of etiquette, but if you definitely want to offer something more substantial than coffee to this drink, you should be guided by the taste of brandy so that the snack does not interfere with its noble bouquet.

What to eat at Hennessey

Despite the fact that the tradition of alcohol consumption allocates digestif to cognac, it gradually wins more space for itself. Increasingly, it is offered as an aperitif, and some even put it on the dinner table. This trend was noticed by the producers of “Hennessy”, and the chef of the Hennessy-owned Bagnotel castle was entrusted with creating snacks for the best varieties of cognac produced by the company. As a result, recommendations emerged than to have a snack at Hennessey, so that the snack would not interfere, and sometimes even helped assess the noble taste of the drink.

  • Hennessy V.S.O.P. It is recommended to eat fish and seafood, but under the sauce, in the recipe of which this brandy itself is included. It was also noticed that light notes of smoke, distinctly pronounced in the aroma of the named drink, are successfully underlined by grilled meat, jerked meat products and smoked meats.
  • Hennessy H. O. gets along well with game, poultry meat in a wine sauce. A good idea would be to offer dried fruits, candied fruits, fresh figs.
  • Hennessy Paradis Extra requires gentle snacks. Best suited to him foie gras. A good pair for him will make goat cheese and salted salmon.
  • Richard Hennessy can be served with desserts such as nuts, candied fruits, ice cream, chocolate, berry mousse.

If you have not found the “Hennessy” variety that you are going to taste in the list above, you can submit to it:

  • olives;
  • cheese;
  • liver pate;
  • seafood;
  • canape with salted salmon;
  • lean veal;
  • fruit salad with whipped cream;
  • ice cream;
  • nuts and dried fruits.

Dilute and mix elite cognac varieties with other drinks is not accepted, but ordinary varieties of Hennessey may well become part of alcoholic cocktails. The most successful recipes are offered by the manufacturers themselves.

Hennessy Honey Cocktail


  • “Hennessy” - 8 ml;
  • water - 8 ml;
  • honey - 1 ml;
  • lemon - 1 slice.

Method of preparation:

  • Boil water, cool to about 60 degrees, pour in a brandy glass.
  • Add “Hennessy”, mix.
  • Add honey, stir the cocktail once more with a bar spoon.

It remains to decorate the glass with a slice of lemon, and the warming brandy cocktail is ready for use.

Hennessy Winter's Spirit Cocktail


  • “Hennessy” - 8 ml;
  • hot water - 8 ml;
  • lemon - 4 slices;
  • ginger - 2 slices;
  • sugar syrup - 1 ml;
  • a spiral from an orange dried peel - 1 piece.

Method of preparation:

  • Place lemon and ginger slices on the bottom of the cognac glass.
  • In a separate container, mix brandy, hot water, and syrup.
  • Pour into a glass with lemon and ginger.
  • Decorate the glass with an orange twist.

Despite the fact that traditionally lemon is not considered to be the best pair for brandy, this version of the winter cocktail is offered by the producers themselves “Hennessy”.

Cocktail “Night Star”


  • “Hennessy” - 70 ml;
  • maple syrup - 10 ml;
  • Angostura bitter - 1 drop;
  • nutty bitter - 1 drop;
  • star anisean - 1 pc .;
  • ice - to taste.

Method of preparation:

  • Alcoholic beverages pour into a shaker glass, add ice, syrup.
  • Shake for 30 seconds. Strain.
  • Pour into a tumbler (tumbler). Decorate the glass with an asterisk.

This cocktail, in which the dominant role is played by Hennessey cognac, is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in the world.

Hennessee cognacs are of high quality and belong to the elite varieties of alcohol. Tasting these drinks should be properly, in order to appreciate their noble bouquet and deep aftertaste. Ordinary varieties “Hennessy” can be used to make cocktails.

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