Cognac High Ball

Our favorite in-flight cocktail.

  • Serves

    serves 1

  • Cook

    5 minutes


By Kellie Thorn

Published on October 15, 2020

Kellie Thorn is the beverage ­director for Hugh Acheson’s Atlanta restaurants, Empire State South and By George. She’s also refreshingly down-to-earth. When Thorn does find herself sky-high, she orders the youngest cognac very little money can buy (usually a VS, or “very ­special” blend) and combines it with ­standard-issue apple juice. “I call this my airplane drink, but it’s also among my most irreverent mixes,” Thorn says. “The sweet juice softens the sharp edges of the young brandy.”



  • 2 oz. VS cognac (such as Camus Elegance VS or Deau VS)
  • 3 oz. apple juice
  • Splash of soda water or dry sparkling wine (optional)


Step 1

Fill a rocks glass (or plastic cup) with ice, add the cognac and apple juice, and stir to combine. Top with soda water or sparkling wine (if desired) and serve.

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