Cognac Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Cognac Old Fashioned Nutrition Facts






Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

August 9, 2023


The Cognac Old Fashioned is a twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail, which dates back to the early 1800s. The original Old Fashioned was made with whiskey, but this version uses cognac as the base spirit, giving it a smoother, richer flavor. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy the taste of cognac and are looking for a sophisticated, timeless drink.

  • The Old Fashioned is considered one of the oldest cocktails in history
  • Cognac Old Fashioned became popular as a variation for those who prefer the taste of cognac over whiskey
  • This cocktail is often enjoyed by those who appreciate classic, elegant drinks with a rich history

How Cognac Old Fashioned Tastes?

The Cognac Old Fashioned has a smooth, rich, and slightly sweet taste with notes of oak, vanilla, and caramel. The cognac provides a warm, full-bodied flavor, while the sugar and bitters add a touch of sweetness and complexity.

Interesting facts about Cognac Old Fashioned

  • Cognac is a type of brandy that is produced in the Cognac region of France
  • The Old Fashioned is often considered the 'original' cocktail, as it was one of the first to be documented in recipe books
  • The Cognac Old Fashioned is sometimes garnished with an orange twist or cherry to add a touch of color and extra aroma


  • Cognac: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Angostura bitters: 2dashes
  • Orange peel: 1
  • Garnish: Maraschino Cherry:1

Recipe. How to make Cognac Old Fashioned Drink

  1. In a mixing glass, combine the cognac, simple syrup, and Angostura bitters
  2. Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled
  3. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with a large ice cube
  4. Express the orange peel over the drink and drop it into the glass
  5. Garnish with a maraschino cherry

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality cognac for the best flavor
  • Stir the cocktail well to ensure the sugar is fully dissolved
  • Use a large ice cube to keep the drink cold without diluting it too quickly

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What you could change in Cognac Old Fashioned

  • Bourbon or rye whiskey can be used in place of cognac
  • Maple syrup can be used as a substitute for simple syrup
  • If you don't have Angostura bitters, you can use orange bitters instead

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Frequently Asked Questions on Cognac Old Fashioned

What is the best time to enjoy a Cognac Old Fashioned?

Typically, the Cognac Old Fashioned, like other Old Fashioned drinks, is enjoyed during evening hours as a pre-dinner drink or after dinner sipping cocktail.

How to choose a good cognac for my cocktail?

It is advisable to pick a VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) or XO (Extra Old) grade cognac. They have a richer spectrum of flavors which impact positively on the overall taste of the cocktail.

Can I make a Cognac Old Fashioned without the orange peel garnish?

Yes, you can. The orange peel garnish adds aroma and a slight citrus flavor to the drink but omitting it won't drastically change the overall taste.

What's the best glass for serving a Cognac Old Fashioned?

Traditionally, a short tumbler, also known as a rocks or old fashioned glass, is used for serving the Cognac Old Fashioned.

Do I need a special tool to express the orange peel?

Usually, it can be done with your hands but for the best result, a cocktail zest peeler or chanel knife is used to peel the orange and a bar muddler can be used to express the oils.

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Extra information to help you make Cognac Old Fashioned

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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