Best Brandy For Brandy And Coke (6 Top Picks & Recipe)


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For brandy lovers, the humble brandy and coke can be just what the doctor ordered. I have discovered that the best brandy with coke has a cheeky French twist; cognac is the brandy that perfects this simple cocktail!

The finest brandy in the world comes from the small Cognac region in Gascony, France. It is overseen by the Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité.

Six big-name brands produce their brandies in the Cognac region: Hennessey, Martell, Courvoisier, Remy Martin, Hine and Seven Tails. Surely these must be the best brandy to mix with coke?

Best Brandy For Brandy And Coke

The following 6 brandies from the Cognac region of France have been selected for their satisfying flavour profile when mixed with coke.

1. Seven Tails XO

Seven Tails XO
Credit: Seven Tails

Overview

  • Distiller: Seven Tails
  • ABV: 41.8% (83.6 Proof)
  • Country: France
  • Colour: Amber

Review

Seven Tails followed their own path to create this exciting brandy as they wanted to bring fresh innovation to the brandy world. They strive to create a unique blend to ensure an extraordinary brandy experience.

A master blend of Cognac, Armagnac, and the finest French brandies aged 5 – 30 years are married together, much like an aged rum. It is then allowed to mature in port wine oak casks to bring rich, fruity flavours.

On The Nose

A delightful combination of blackberry and pecan pie with rich vanilla aromas.

On The Palate

A blackberry and fig are first to shine and soon sweetened by caramel, pecan pie and black pepper spiciness on the finish.

Best Served

Seven Tails XO is excellent with coke as the creamy vanilla and blackberries complement the coke, bringing a fresh flavour that is not too sweet. Also, try it in an incredible sangria.

Pricing & Info

You can check the latest pricing, product information, and order online.

2. Martell Blue Swift

Martell Blue Swift
Credit: Martell

Overview

  • Distiller: Martell
  • ABV: 40% (80 Proof)
  • Country: France
  • Colour: Copper

Review

The three pillars of house Martell are Place, Precision, and Time, all the factors needed to make the best French brandies. Martell cognac has been crafted since 1715 with the precise process handed down for generations.

This spirit drink is made from Martell Cognac VSOP and matured in charred bourbon casks for four years to give the “Angels” their share before bottling at 40% ABV.

On The Nose

Fruity aromas of sweet caramelised pear, ripe banana, vanilla, coconut and spices.

On The Palate

Fruity up front with pear and caramel drizzle on the palate, leading to a spiced ginger and vanilla finish.

Best Served

Martel Blue Swift is excellent mixed with coke. The fruity flavours and light spiciness are heightened with the bubbly, sweet taste of the coke. Add a lemon slice for a bit of zing.

Pricing & Info

You can check the latest pricing, product information, and order online.

3. Hennessy V.S.

Hennessy V.S.
Credit: Hennessy

Overview

  • Distiller: Hennessy
  • ABV: 40% (80 Proof)
  • Country: France
  • Colour: Amber

Review

First introduced in 1765 by the Hennessey brand, it was unmatched by its rivals. The Fillioux family has blended Hennessy V.S. for over 250 years, with Yann Fillioux as the current Master Blender.

Hennessey V.S. (Very Special) is blended from over 40 different Eaux de Vie, a fruity clear brandy spirit. The blend is then aged for two years in French oak barrels, creating this full-bodied Cognac. Very special indeed.

On the Nose

A spicy bouquet of cinnamon, brown sugar, grape, and toasted almond on the nose with a mouthwatering caramel richness.

On The Palate

Rich caramel and spice initially, with hints of oaky earthiness balancing out the vanilla sweetness for a smooth finish that reminds me of an Armagnac brandy.

Best Served

Hennessy V.S. and coke will delight even the most novice brandy enthusiast due to a spicy yet sweet vanilla persona, ensuring a decadent brandy and coke.

You can also add a Marciano cherry, cherry brandy, and a dash of Angostura bitters for an epic cherry coke sundowner.

Pricing & Info

You can check the latest pricing, product information, and order online.

4. Hine Rare V.S.O.P.

Hine Rare V.S.O.P.
Credit: Hine

Overview

  • Distiller: Hine
  • ABV: 40% (80 Proof)
  • Country: France
  • Colour: Amber

Review

Founded in 1763, Hine has a rich cognac history dating back to the French Revolution when a young Englishman named Thomas Hine went to discover the art of cognac making.

The famous stag on the emblem of Hine Rare V.S.O.P is said to be resting on French soil with its head facing back to England, where the roots of the distillery lie.

Hine Rare V.S.O.P. is made from a unique blend of over twenty Eaux de Vie and a selection of petite champagne grapes. The blend is then aged for four years in oak casks for a floral and fruity taste profile.

On The Nose

Aromas of sweet nectarines with delectable apricot jammy sweetness.

On The Palate

Ripe apricot and cooked nectarines on the palate with a contrasting smooth oak and ginger kick on the finish, delightful!

Best Served

Hine Rare V.S.O.P. and coke are a great pairing due to the fruity nature of this cognac. Add lots of crushed ice and a squeeze of fresh lime for a refreshing summer brandy and coke that is slightly sweet and fruity.

Pricing & Info

You can check the latest pricing, product information, and order online.

5. Courvoisier V.S.

Courvoisier V.S.
Credit: Courvoisier

Overview

  • Distiller: Courvoisier
  • ABV: 40% (80 Proof)
  • Country: France
  • Colour: Copper

Review

Courvoisier received the title of “Fournisseur Officiel de la Maison de l’Empereur” from Napolèon Bonaparte when the French leader personally visited the distillery. This translates to the sole supplier of Cognac to Emperor Napolèon’s Imperial Court!

Courvoisier V.S. is made from a blend of Fins Bois and petite Champagne grapes. The white wine grapes are pressed and allowed to ferment before distilling in a column still. The brandy is then aged in charred oak barrels for a minimum of four years before bottling.

On The Nose

A distinct roasted nut and toffee on the nose with lovely fruit juice flavours of sundried prunes and apricot

On The Palate

Pear and apple on the opening. A slightly bitter caramel note mid-palate, floral blossoms, and concludes with a fresh oak finish.

Best Served

Courvoisier V.S. and coke are a great combination. The coke’s sweetness enhances the cognac’s floral essences in this refreshing mix. Garnish with a lime wedge and add a tiny splash of lemon juice.

Also, consider trying Metaxa 12 Stars Greek Brandy.

Pricing & Info

You can check the latest pricing, product information, and order online.

6. Rémy Martin V.S.O.P.

Rémy Martin V.S.O.P.
Credit: Rémy Martin

Overview

  • Distiller: Rémy Martin
  • ABV: 40% (80 Proof)
  • Country: Frace
  • Colour: Amber

Review

Remy Martin cognac all started in 1724 and still owns some of France’s most sought-after vineyards in the Cognac region in southwest France, ensuring one of the most popular brands of cognacs available.

Remy Martin V.S.O.P. is made from 55% Grande Champagne Eaux de Vie and 45% Petite Champagne. The blend is aged between 4 and 12 years in French Limousine oak barrels. The Cognac is bottled at 40% ABV for the perfect brandy experience.

On The Nose

A fresh berry cream on the nose with subtle hints of apricot, pear and plum

On The Palate

Sweet vanilla and apricot mingle with apple, candied pear, and plum mid-palate. The finish is smooth with more vanilla and a touch of liquorice.

Best Served

Remy Martin V.S.O.P. and coke are a match made in cocktail heaven. The fruity vanilla accents and the caramel sweetness of the coke turn this mix into a smooth, refreshing brandy delicacy; serve with a couple of ice cubes and a lemon wedge.

Pricing & Info

You can check the latest pricing, product information, and order online.

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Andrew’s Top Pick

Hennessy V.S.

Hennessy V.S. Cognac is my top pick for best brandy for a brandy and coke because this high quality brandy reveals sweet vanilla, rich fruits and a touch of spice to ensure a decadent brandy and coke.

Conclusion

Martell VS is also easy to find in your local store and makes a decent mid-shelf brandy and coke
Martell VS is also easy to find in your local store and makes a decent mid-shelf brandy and coke

No longer does coke only need to be paired with white rum. Brandy and coke is a dependable thirst quencher, and the best brandy to mix with coke (in my opinion) is a French cognac. Maybe not what the Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité would like to hear, so let’s keep this as our little secret.

Of all the coke recipes, this has to be one of the best drinks out there. Upgrade your brandy of choice to a French cognac, and it becomes more than the sum of its parts.

Brandy And Coke Recipe

With all the different brandies I reviewed today, the best way to serve them is at room temperature with a fridge-chilled coke. Try this killer cognac/coke recipe using the right ratio of brandy to coke (I prefer 1:3), and thank me later!

Prepare

Fill a rocks glass with several ice cubes.

Combine

Add 2 oz of your preferred brandy of cognac

Mixer

Slowly fill with 6 oz of coke

Garnish

Gently stir and garnish with a lime wedge

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