Homemade Cognac – A Recipe That Has Stood the Test of Time

Here is a simple and classic recipe for making homemade cognac:


  • 1 liter of good, robust red wine (preferably with a high alcohol concentration)
  • 200g brown sugar
  • Grated zest of one lemon and one orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • A small piece of fresh ginger (optional)
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg


  1. In a large saucepan or pot, combine the red wine with the brown sugar and flavors: lemon and orange zest, cinnamon stick, cloves, and, if desired, freshly grated ginger and ground nutmeg.
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and warm the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved, stirring occasionally. Do not let the mixture boil.
  3. Once the sugar has dissolved, cover the saucepan and let the mixture cool completely to room temperature. Allowing the flavors to infuse into the wine is crucial for obtaining a delicious cognac.
  4. After the mixture has completely cooled, transfer it to a glass bottle or airtight container and store it in a dark, cool place for at least a week, but ideally, let it mature for at least a month. The longer the bottle sits, the better the flavors will meld, and the cognac will become smoother and more balanced.
  5. After the maturation period, the homemade cognac is ready to serve! Pour it into small glasses and enjoy it with friends or family.

This simple and delicious homemade cognac is perfect for enjoying a refined aroma and rich taste without spending a fortune on a bottle of brandy. Enjoy it in moderation and savor the fruit of your labor!