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4 Perfect Cocktail Recipes to Make at Home Right Now

Follow the “Rule of Three,” and you’ll have an incredible drink in no time.

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Good things tend to come in threes. It’s a phrase we’ve all heard a superstitious friend say, or you know, maybe we’ve been the superstitious friend to say it. But now it’s just a fact that three is the perfect number for creating an excellent cocktail at home. Hennessy taught us why.

The Hennessy V.S.O.P Rule of Three is simple: You only need Cognac and two more ingredients to create a refreshing drink. That means during your own personal cocktail hour, you can spend more time relaxing and less time laboring over complicated drink recipes. Keep a bottle of Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège ready, and you’re well on your way to an incredible drink — like a modern take on the Negroni, made with Cognac instead of the typical gin.

Although Cognac formerly had a reputation as something you’d save to sip neat (and that still works), it’s now a cult favorite for taking drinks to the next level. V.S.O.P Cognac is full-bodied, with hints of fresh fruits, vanilla, and spices. It’s distinctive yet won’t overpower your drinks. So the next time you’re in the mood for a cocktail, follow the Rule of Three and try one of these recipes. Besides the updated Negroni, there’s a refreshing buck, a sweet sidecar, and a bubbly French 75. Cheers to extraordinary cocktails — and to recipes that taste more complicated than they are.

The Hennessy Negroni

Usually made with gin, this classic is ideal for experimentation. The Hennessy Negroni can range from sweet to bitter, depending on your precise mix and preferences.

1 part Hennessy V.S.O.P

1 part bitter-orange liqueur

1 part sweet vermouth

The V.S.O.P Buck

The beauty of the buck is that it’s incredibly versatile. Just combine Cognac with ginger ale and juice (fresh orange or cranberry are great options), and you’re ready to sip.

Ingredients

1 part Hennessy V.S.O.P

2 parts ginger ale or beer, or preferred craft soda

1 part fresh juice

The Sidecar Social

Here’s the great thing about this sweet-tasting sidecar recipe: It’s perfect for making in batches. Hennessy V.S.O.P mixed with zesty citrus makes the Cognac flavors come alive.

Ingredients

2 ounces Hennessy V.S.O.P

¾ ounce lemon juice

¾ ounce orange liqueur

The Hennessy 75

If you’re in a celebratory mood, this is your drink. It typically mixes gin with Champagne, but fruit-forward Cognac adds a sophisticated touch.

Ingredients

1 ounce Hennessy V.S.O.P

½ ounce lemon juice

2 ounces Möet & Chandon Champagne

Lemon twist and dash of bitters, for garnish

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