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FOOD & DRINK

Five Twists on Your Favourite Party Cocktails for Your Next Summer Get-together

Give these elevated cocktails a whirl at your next soirée.
By Emma Joyce
December 08, 2020
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By Emma Joyce
December 08, 2020
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After months of cancelled and delayed get-togethers, we're excited to be able to call up our friends and host a much-needed party. If you're in the same spirit, you may be looking to up your cocktail making game for pre- or post-dinner drinks. In partnership with Hennessy, we've pulled together five cocktail recipes that are an upgrade to the classics — from fruity concoctions that'll make you feel like you're on an overseas getaway to sophisticated takes on sidecars, martinis and champagne cocktails. And, most can be made or prepared in advance to help take the stress out of having everyone over to yours this holiday season.

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ESPRESSO MARTINI

When you want to shake up your favourite caffeinated cocktail to pep everyone up at the end of a big meal, try whipping up this elevated version. The below ingredients serve one, but you can batch make this drink to make offering up a round easier on you.

Ingredients

45ml Hennessy VS
10ml Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
40ml freshly made, chilled espresso or cold drip coffee
10ml sugar syrup
Coffee beans (optional)

Method

Shake all the ingredients together with ice. Strain into a chilled glass and serve with coffee beans (optional).

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GINGER MULE

When you're keeping things as simple as possible for your at-home occasion, there's a refreshing drink you can make with three ingredients and minimal effort, but still looks impressive. Scale up the below ingredients to serve more than one.

Ingredients

45ml Hennessy VS
Ginger beer
Lime juice
Mint leaf (optional)

Method

Add cognac to a tall glass and top up with ice. Squeeze the juice of a quarter of a lime and add to glass. Top up with ginger beer and garnish with a mint leaf or wedge of lime (optional).

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PINA COLADA

Few people like getting caught in the rain, but many more enjoy this fruity drink. And you can take the holiday cocktail up a notch with this truly luxury take on a piña colada.

Ingredients

45ml Hennessy VS
15ml coconut cream
15ml coconut cordial
45ml pineapple tepache (fermented drink)
Squeeze of lime

Method

Shake cognac, coconut cream, coconut cordial and squeeze of lime together. Pour pineapple tepache into a glass. Strain shaken ingredients into the same glass and top up with ice.

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FRENCH 75

When you're out to impress, this elegant and easy-to-make cocktail has that je ne sais quoi. The classic drink is usually made with gin and champagne, but this twist uses cognac.

Ingredients

40ml Hennessy VS
40ml champagne
30ml lemon juice
20ml sugar syrup

Method

Shake cognac, lemon juice and sugar syrup together with ice and strain into a glass. Top up with champagne.

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SIDECAR

This party-ready drink will appeal to your sweeter toothed guests. Make this sugar-rimmed cocktail as a welcome drink, or to serve with desserts. Though the egg white gives it a perfect cloud-like top, it's entirely optional.

Ingredients

40ml Hennessy VS
20ml Cointreau or triple sec
25ml lemon juice
10ml sugar syrup
Egg white (optional)

Method

Shake all ingredients together. Pour over ice, or serve straight with a sugar rim on glass (not salt).
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Find more cocktails recipes on the Hennessy website

Published on December 08, 2020 by Emma Joyce

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