Reading: 3 Cognac Cocktails Guaranteed to Shake and Stir Your Guests

3 Cognac Cocktails Guaranteed to Shake and Stir Your Guests

Alo, arguably Toronto’s most sought-after reservation, was the perfect place to host the launch of Martell Cognac’s VS Single Distillery.  And while it might be above the skillset of the at home chef to create an amuse bouche featuring ingredients like uni, these 3 cognac cocktails are guaranteed to impress your guests so much they might not even notice you’ve ordered in.

martell cognac event at alo bar

A classic cocktail made smoother and more refreshing by pairing cognac and champagne with peach.



Martell French 75

1oz Martell Cognac VS Single Distillery
3/4oz Rinquinquin Peach Aperitif
2 dashes Menthe Pastille
1/2oz Simple Syrup
3/4oz Lemon Juice
Shaken, and topped with 2oz Perrier-Jouët champagne in a champagne flute or coupe.
Created by Alo head bartender Robin Kaufman.

french 75 cocktail recipe cognac martell cognac event at alo caviar appetizer

This is a cognac variation of a cocktail on Alo’s menu, called Longchamp (which is the same but with bourbon instead of cognac).


champ #2

1oz Martell Cognac VS Single Distillery,
1oz Pineau des Charentes
3/4 Honey Syrup
1oz Lemon Juice
1 Dash Angostura Bitters
Shake ingredients together, and serve in a rocks glass over ice, or in a coupe.
The original version was created by Alo’s John Bunner.

Longchamp #2 cocktail recipe alo bar

Interestingly enough this cocktail is a play on an Old Fashioned, (a drink which also tastes great with Martell Blue Swift VSOP). Cognac was the preferred spirit for cocktails up until the late 1800s.


Martell Blue Swift Sazerac

2oz Martell Cognac Blue Swift VSOP
1/4oz Simple Syrup
6 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Absinthe rinse
Lemon oils (discard zest)
Stir ingredients together with ice until cold, strain into an absinthe-rinsed coupe. Express lemon oils from a lemon zest over the glass.

Martell Blue Swift Sazerac cocktail recipe

martell cognac event at alo

Straight Up

Perfect for purists and those you have run out of Perrier-Jouët long before the party’s ended.

cognac cocktail recipe