Spicy Spirits!

Today is World Cognac Day. What better way to celebrate than by whipping up a trio of delish cocktails with Indian spices? Here are some flavourful recipes to try at home, with recipes brought to you from Hennessy India.

The Hennessy Mata Hari


Glassware: Coupe


40 ml – Hennessy Very Special 30 ml – Ginger and Cinnamon Infused Sweet Vermouth 22 ml – Lime Juice 15 ml – Simple Syrup 22 ml – Pomegranate Juice 1 dash – Aromatic Bitters

Garnish: Dehydrated Lime and Edible Flowers


Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well. Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish with dehydrated lime and edible flowers.

The Hennessy Maple Spiced Old Fashioned


Glassware: Old Fashioned


60 ml – Hennessy Very Special
4 dashes – Angostura Bitters
7.5 ml – Homemade Spiced Maple Syrup

Garnish: Slice of Ginger and Dehydrated Lime


Add spiced maple syrup, bitters and Hennessy in a mixing glass full of ice. Stir until well chilled and diluted. Strain into an old fashioned glass with an ice block. Garnish with a flamed cinnamon stick.

The Hennessy Spicy Blazer


Glassware: Old Fashioned


50 ml – Hennessy Very Special
0.5 tsp – Liquorice powder
30 ml – mineral water
1 pinch – Black Pepper
1 Tbsp – White Sugar
1 pinch – Ground Cinnamon

Garnish: Cinnamon Bark


Mix all the ingredients in a metal shaker, flambé the liquid before pouring from one half of the shaker to the other half 4-5 times. Put out the flame and let cook. Pour into an old fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with cinnamon bark.


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