Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Cognac & Other Brandy Cocktails

Don’t Dance With the Orchids

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Transport yourself to cognac with a Champagne cocktail inspired by the aromatics and spices of the region.


  • 1 oz Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège cognac
  • 1/4 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz Rich honey syrup*
  • 1/4 oz Lindera Farms honey vinegar
  • 1 dash Clove tincture
  • 1 dash Sea salt
  • 2 oz Brut Champagne, to top
  • Garnish: Lemon twist


  1. Add all the ingredients except the Champagne to a shaker filled with ice and shake.

  2. Double-strain into a chilled coupe.

  3. Top with the Champagne.

  4. Garnish with a lemon twist.

  5. *Honey syrup: Add 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup water to a small saucepan over medium heat. (You can experiment and decide how much of a honey flavor you want in your syrup. The more honey you use, the thicker the syrup and stronger in flavor it will be.) Stir until blended. Strain into a jar, and seal tightly with a lid. Will keep for 1 month in the refrigerator.