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Create your own Hennessy Connoisseurs Challenge cocktails

The Irish Alexander
Amanda Ferguson

Fancy an award-winning cocktail?

The Hennessy Connoisseurs Challenge took place last week and the three winners from Belfast establishments were: Darren McEvoy from The Albany; Johnathan Magennis from Deanes EIPIC; and Ryan Adair from The Merchant Hotel.


Darren McEvoy from The Albany created An Gaelige Alexander - The Irish Alexander

The Irish Alexander


35ml Hennessy

20ml Jameson Caskmates

5ml De Kuyper Creme de Cacao

20ml honey

30ml whipping cream

1 small teaspoon of coco powder


Shake all ingredients except the cream and coco powder together

Strain into glass

Shake cream and coco powder together than layer on top


Johnathan Magennis from Deanes EIPIC created Force of Nature

Force of nature


35ml Hennessy Fine de Cognac

15ml Red Breast 12 year old Irish Whiskey

5ml Ramazzotti

5ml Green Chartreuse

5ml homemade cinnamon cordial

2 dashes of aromatic bitters

2 dashes of Peychaud Bitters

2 dashes of orange bitters

Orange oils to garnish


Combine all ingredients together into a brandy glass

Garnish with orange oils and orange peel

Serve on a board with a taste of Hennessy Fine de Cognac, chilled ice water, double espresso and homemade fudge

Homemade cinnamon cordial: Add caster sugar and pure water, gently boil and infuse with cinnamon sticks and orange peel.


Ryan Adair from The Merchant Hotel created The Wild Rabbit

The Wild Rabbit


40ml Hennessy VSOP

12.5ml Sandeman 10yr Tawney Port

7.5ml lemon juice

5ml Green Chartreuse

5ml fig & PX Sherry reduction

1 x dash Pimento Bitters


Add all ingredients to a mixing glass

Add cracked ice and stir to optimum temperature and dilution

Strain into decanter that has been pre smoked with pimento all spice infused oak chips Serve into chilled cocktail coupes from decanter.

Garnish with dehydrated fig slice, raisin & gold leaf.

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