The Story Behind The Cognac Cherry Cordial

As a child, I received a box of cherry cordials every year during the holidays. I would always try to like them, but their sweetness turned me off. This year, I decided to use those flavors to create a balanced cocktail with a lovely, not-too-sweet profile. Hints of chocolate and cherry marry beautifully with the Cognac, which has hints of vanilla and candied fruits.

Skipping dessert? Mix up one of these. You won’t miss a thing.


  • 2 ounces Cognac, such as Martell Blue Swift
  • ½ ounce cherry syrup, such as Monin
  • 1 ½ ounces sweet vermouth
  • 1 bar spoon vanilla bean paste
  • 3 to 5 dashes chocolate bitters
  • Cherry cordial candy, for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake to combine, and then strain into glass.
  3. Garnish with a vanilla cherry cordial, if using.

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Updated: 2019-01-01

The Cognac Cherry Cordial Recipe