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The most luxurious of all spirits, cognac has a velvety warmth capable of lifting the most grim of wintery nights. As my hero, David Embury, says in his Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, "brandy is not only the oldest of all liquors but it is universally recognised as the finest."

Cognac is also an elder statesman of the cocktail cabinet and a staple in the earliest cocktail tomes, adding complexity to the simplest of recipes. We've over 400 cocktails with cognac on Difford's Guide but follows our 30 favourite.

1. The Addington
With: Cognac, vermouth di Torino, Benedictine DOM and Boker's Bitters.
The Addington recipe

2. Ampersand
With: Cognac, old tom gin, sweet vermouth, Grand Marnier and orange bitters.
Ampersand recipe

3. Between The Sheets (Wondrich's formula)
Cognac, Benedictine DOM, triple sec and lemon juice.
Between The Sheets recipe

4. Brandy Fix
Cognac, pineapple juice, lemon juice, sugar syrup and Yellow Chartreuse.
Brand Fix recipe

5. Brandy Crusta
Cognac, triple sec, maraschino, lemon juice, sugar syrup and Angostura Bitters.
Brandy Crusta recipe

6. Brooklyn's Finest
Cognac, straight rye whiskey, Cardamaro, falernum and Angostura Bitters.
Brooklyn's Finest recipe

7. Call Me Old-fashioned
Cognac, sugar syrup and Angostura Bitters.
Call Me Old-fashioned recipe

8. Carlton Banks
Cognac, cherry brandy liqueur, orange bitters, Broker's bitters and champagne.
Carlton Banks recipe

9. Champs-Elysees
Cognac Green Chartreuse, lemon juice, sugar syrup and Angostura bitters.
Champs-Elysees recipe

10. Classic Cocktail
Cognac, Grand Marnier, maraschino liqueur and lemon juice.
Classic Cocktail recipe

11. Club Cocktail
Cognac, pisco, maraschino liqueur, pineapple juice and Peychaud's bitters.
Club Cocktail recipe

12. Cognac Julep
Mint leaves, cognac and sugar syrup.
Cognac Julep recipe

13. Difford's Fruit Cup No.3
Cognac, orange curacao, sweet vermouth, Angostura Bitters, ginger ale and cola.
Difford's Fruit Cup recipe

14. East India
Cognac, Grand Marnier, maraschino liqueur, grenadine and Angostura Bitters.
East India recipe

15. Fish House Punch
Cognac, gold rum, crème de pîche, lemon juice and sugar syrup.
Fish House Punch recipe

16. French 125
Cognac, lemon juice, powdered sugar and champagne.
French 125 recipe

17. French Maid
Cognac, falernum, lime juice, sugar syrup, cucumber, mint leaves and ginger beer.
French Maid recipe

18. The Good Bad And The Ugni
Cognac, Canadian ice wine, pink grapefruit juice and Green Chartreuse.
The Good Bad And The Ugni recipe

19. Manhattan Island
Cognac, sweet vermouth, Angostura Bitters and maraschino liqueur.
Manhattan Island recipe

20. MGM Grand
Cognac, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice and orange bitters.
MGM Grand recipe

21. Millennium Cocktail
Cognac, pineapple juice, orange curacao and Angostura Bitters.
Millennium recipe

22. Randy Old-Fashioned
Cognac, tawny port, maple syrup, absinthe and Peychaud's bitters.
Randy Old-fashioned recipe

23. Revolutionary Flip
Cognac, tawny port, single cream, Demerara sugar, English bitter ale and egg (white & yolk)
Revolutionary Flip recipe

24. Sazerac Cocktail
Cognac, straight rye whisky, bourbon, sugar syrup, Peychaud's bitters, Angostura bitters and absinthe.
Sazerac Cocktail recipe

25. Sidecar Cocktail
Cognac, triple sec, lemon juice and pineau des charentes.
Sidecar Cocktail recipe

26. Sourise
Cognac, raspberries, orgeat, lemon juice and egg white.
Sourise recipe

27. Thin Pink Line
Cognac, lemon juice, sugar syrup, orgeat and egg white.
Thin Pink Line recipe

28. USB Cocktail
Cognac, sauvignon blanc wine, pineapple juice and sugar syrup.
USB Cocktail recipe

29. Very French Martini
Cognac, black raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice.
Very French Martini recipe

30. Vieux Carre
Cognac, bourbon, Benedictine, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters and Peychaud's bitters.
Vieux Carre recipe

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