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A Luxurious Twist: The Cognac Margarita

A Luxurious Twist: The Cognac Margarita
  March 21, 2024

A Luxurious Twist: The Cognac Margarita

The classic Margarita gets a sophisticated upgrade with this Cognac Margarita recipe.  Swapping tequila for Cognac creates a whole new world of flavor, offering a delightful balance between the bright citrus notes of lime and the deep, rich character of Cognac.


2 ounces Cognac (choose a VSOP or XO for a more complex flavor)

1 ounce fresh lime juice

¾ ounce orange liqueur (Cointreau or Triple Sec)

½ ounce simple syrup (or to taste)

Garnish: Lime wedge, coarse salt (optional)

Instructions (Preparation Time: 2 minutes):

Salt the Rim (Optional): If desired, rim a margarita glass with coarse salt. Moisten the rim of the glass with a lime wedge and dip it in the salt to create a salty border.

Chill and Combine: Fill your prepared margarita glass with ice cubes. Add the Cognac, lime juice, orange liqueur, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake it Up!: Shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds to ensure all ingredients are well chilled and combined.

Strain and Sip: Strain the vibrant amber liquid into your prepared margarita glass.

A Touch of Citrus: Garnish your Cognac Margarita with a lime wedge for an extra touch of visual appeal and a hint of citrus aroma.


Cognac Selection: While any Cognac will work, opting for a VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) or XO (Extra Old) Cognac offers a more complex flavor profile that complements the other ingredients beautifully.

Fresh is Best: Always use freshly squeezed lime juice for the most vibrant flavor and optimal balance with the sweetness and richness of the Cognac.

Sweetness to Your Taste: Simple syrup adds sweetness, but adjust the amount based on your preference and the sweetness of your Cognac. Start with ½ ounce and add more if desired.

Orange Liqueur Options: Cointreau and Triple Sec are both popular choices, offering slightly different flavor profiles. Cointreau is known for its orange peel character, while Triple Sec is a bit sweeter and more citrusy. Choose your favorite!

Batching for a Crowd: This recipe scales well for gatherings. Simply combine all ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice and stir well. Serve in chilled margarita glasses with a lime wedge garnish.

Enjoy Responsibly!

The Cognac Margarita is a delightful and sophisticated twist on a classic.  The rich and complex flavors of Cognac take this margarita to a whole new level, making it perfect for those who appreciate a luxurious sipping experience. So raise a glass, savor the unique blend of Cognac, citrus, and a touch of sweetness, and enjoy this delightful cocktail!