The days of the cliché cognac drinker being reserved to cigar smokers seated in front of an open fire are long gone! Yes, certain cognacs do suit the aromas of a good cigar, but cognac can be drunk anywhere and in a variety of ways.

Cognac may be drunk neat, on the rocks or diluted with a little water. At Martell, we do not recommend warming cognac as it brings out the alcohol too strongly and releases the aromas too quickly. A tulip glass or a cognac snifter, rather than a balloon glass, is also recommended since it assures a much better appreciation of the entire aromatic range of the cognac.

Cognac can also be mixed in a wide range of long drinks and cocktails. For a range of Martell cocktails to try, see our cognac cocktails section.