Four Ways to Drink Cognac Like the French

Monnet Cognac

In 2023, it’s all about quality over quantity when it comes to cocktail consumption. In the era of capsule wardrobes and sustainability, there’s a new concept called the ‘Capsule Bar Cart’, which involves gathering a limited selection of spirits that are top-shelf essentials you need to have on your bar cart.

With spirits being in the top three most popular type of drinks amongst Australians at the moment, it is important that you have a variety of selections for your guests when hosting events. Monnet Cognac is new to Australian consumers, having only launched recently. Monnet Cognac has a full range that is perfect to add to your cart to ensure there is something for everyone.

Monnet Cognac

But what is the ideal way to drink Monnet Cognac, you ask? Here’s the best ways to consume cognac, just as the French do.

  1. Straight: If you’re choosing to sip on Cognac straight, go for gold and bust out a bottle of the Monnet XO Flamboyant (RRP $189.99). This is best enjoyed in a tulip glass or white wine glass to preserve its aromas. It should be a sensory experience if you are drinking it straight, so make sure to swirl and sniff as you sip.
  2. On the rocks: Making for a great aperitif, Monnet Cognac can also be enjoyed on the rocks from time to time. While it might seem unusual to enjoy the fine spirit watered down with ice, it’s common amongst the French to add ice to their cognac before a meal. Try this with the Monnet VSOP the next time you have guests over for a dinner party.
  3. Mixed in a Cocktail: Monnet Sunshine mixes perfectly into a summer cocktail. Try the Red Marauder, guaranteed to impress your guests in both flavour and aesthetic colouring.

    50 ml Monnet Cognac Sunshine
    10 ml Chambord liqueur
    30 ml Cranberry juice (sweetened)
    5 ml Lime juice (freshly squeezed)

    Combine all ingredients and shake with ice.
    Fine strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with skewered raspberries.
    • Paired with your meal: A Happy Hour favourite in France, sip on the Monnet VS with your oysters this summer. Younger cognacs like the Monnet Cognac VS pair well with oysters, and hard cheeses. What’s not to love?

    If you’re wondering why it’s important to drink Cognac like the French do, it’s because by definition, Cognac is a type of brandy made from wine that is distilled and then barrel-aged in order to qualify as a Cognac. The brandy also has to be made according to specific guidelines and with grapes from the Cognac region, a sub-prefecture in southwestern France. Monnet Cognac prides itself on ensuring is delivers the highest quality, and a range of authentic cognac spirit varietals that are all distilled and produced in Cognac, France.

    Monnet is one of the most historical signatures of the Cognac region, and since its founding in 1838, has become known around the world for its ‘art de vivre’ (bringing people together through the art of living). Now available across Australia, Monnet Cognac’s range of six sweet signatures offers something for everyone. The Monnet Cognac range is available to purchase nationally at Dan Murphy’s.

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    Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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