Cognac Cocktails Published Jan 17, 2012 10:00 AM Drink Before the Civil War made foreign products hard to come by in the South, French cognac was the preferred liquor in a mint julep. Michael Kraus SHARE A selection recipe for our favorite drinks using cognac and brandy. Antebellum Mint Julep Before the Civil War made foreign products hard to come by in the South, French cognac was the preferred liquor in a mint julep. See the recipe for Antebellum Mint Julep » Brandy Crusta Invented in antebellum New Orleans, this citrus-kissed cocktail was a precursor to the sidecar. >See the recipe for Brandy Crusta » Brandy Snapper This lightly floral, honey-sweetened drink comes from Frank Newman’s 1907 book, American Bar. See the recipe for Brandy Snapper » Back to Cognac Cocktails » Improved Brandy Cocktail Legendary bartender Jerry Thomas created this elegant, bittersweet cocktail in 1876; an update with a touch of absinthe keeps it lively. See the recipe for Improved Brandy Cocktail » New York Sour Just a few ingredients add up to a complex whole in this Gilded Age cocktail, an ideal vehicle for a rich VSOP cognac. See the recipe for New York Sour Back to Cognac Cocktails » See the recipe for Pépa Cognac and Vodka Cocktail Named for Pepa Bonafe, a French starlet of the 1920s, this cocktail combines brandy and vodka in one bracing drink. See the recipe for Pepa » Back to Cognac Cocktails » MORE TO READ RELATED The Outlier of Natural Wines Just Got Its Very Own Shop Welcome to Orange Glou. READ NOW RELATED The Gin Gimlet Is Deceptively Simple—Here’s How to Make Each Ingredient Shine And stay true to the storied English cocktail’s... RELATED Pitcher-Perfect Sangria Recipes to Sip Through All Season A summer classic for a reason.