How Much Hennessy Will Get You Drunk? (2023 Updated)

Last Updated on November 5, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Hennessy is not the liquor people usually go for if they’re thinking of getting hammered, as cognac is usually savored in slow sips. 

But if you want to know how much Hennessy will get you drunk, you’ve come to the right place. 

So, How Much Hennessy Can Get You Drunk?


You should drink more than five shots of Hennessy if you want to get drunk. However, it’s really difficult to determine how much Hennessy will get you drunk because many factors contribute to one’s drunkenness. Remember, different people’s bodies react to alcohol differently. 

While some people could take more than five shots without getting drunk, some may feel intoxicated in just a Hennessy shot. Gender, body weight, age, and how you drink Hennessy could help you determine your drinking limit.

Read: Hennessy Black Review 

Factors To Consider  

Hennessy Type & Its ABV

One factor you must consider when trying to get drunk with Hennessy is the bottle type and its Alcohol By Volume. Most Hennessy bottles are 80 proof, but Master Blender’s Selection No. 2 bottle is 86 proof.

Remember, the higher the proof, the more calories per shot you’re consuming. You’ll also be prone to more severe hangovers and become intoxicated faster. But, how is Hennessy made?

Gender & Age

Women are generally smaller in body size and composition than men. They also produce lesser enzyme levels and lesser fluid volume, giving them higher concentrations of alcohol in the blood, so they get drunk easier. 

On the other hand, age slows down your body’s metabolization ability. Therefore, older people tend to get drunk easier than younger people because they have higher blood alcohol concentrations and lower body fluids. 

Body Weight

Bodyweight determines how much alcohol your body could diffuse. Generally, the lesser you weigh, the faster you get drunk because there is a lesser space in your body where the alcohol could pass through. The larger your body is, the more alcohol you could consume before getting drunk. 

Manner of Drinking

Drinking your alcohol faster could also make you get drunk faster. It is because drinking alcohol faster increases your BAC faster, too. If you chug your drink instead of just sipping it, your body will find it harder to metabolize the alcohol, resulting in a larger alcohol build-up in your bloodstream. 

Alcohol Tolerance

Your alcohol tolerance could also get you drunk faster or slower. If you are a first-time drinker, the unpleasant taste or effect of alcohol could make you think you’ve drunk enough, so you would want to stop drinking. Hence, your chance of getting drunk becomes slimmer. 

However, people with higher alcohol tolerance tend to drink more because they feel familiar with the taste and effect of Hennessy, making them think they aren’t affected at all. 

Its Alcohol Content Per Shot 

So, what is Hennessy’s alcohol percentage? Hennessy is a strong alcoholic drink that is bottled at 40 percent ABV. Each 1.5-ounce shot, or the standard serving size, has the same alcohol content as a 12-ounce bottle of beer. [1]

Hennessy VSOP

How To Drink It 

With Hennessy’s price tag, it’s better to take your time and sip this cognac slowly. A snifter is the best glass for drinking Hennessy, as the narrow top traps the aroma for you to savor, and the wide bottom is the perfect shape for your hand to cup and slightly warm the liquor. 

It’s highly enjoyable when drunk straight, but you can add a drop of water to open up the spicy and floral notes even more. We’ve got the priciest Hennessy bottles here


Popular Hennessy Cocktail Recipes 

Popular Hennessy Cocktail Recipes 

Hennessy is a highly popular alcohol base for many cocktails. Try your hand with these simple Hennessy recipes

Hennessy Margarita 

This is a classic margarita with the addition of the dainty Hennessy Cognac


  • 2 ounces Hennessy Cognac 
  • 1 ½ ounces tequila 
  • 1 ½ triple sec 
  • 3 ounces sweet and sour mix 
  • Lime wedge for garnish 
  • Fresh ice 


Pour all of the ingredients into an iced cocktail shaker and give everything a good mix. Pour into a tall cocktail glass and serve with a lime wedge for garnish. Enjoy your Hennessy Margarita!

French Connection

French Connection

This short drink is the best accompaniment to your evening party. 


  • 2 ounces Hennessy Cognac 
  • 1 ounce orange flavored brandy liqueur 
  • Lemon zest 
  • Fresh ice 


Pour the cognac and the brandy liqueur into a mixing glass filled with ice. Strain and pour into an old fashioned glass with ice, and serve with a lemon zest. 


What’s the best way to drink Hennessy to get drunk?

Hennessy is not usually the alcohol many people go for if they want to get drunk, but as with any other liquor, drinking a huge amount of it in a short period will get you drunk very quickly. 

Can I drink Hennessy straight?

Yes, Hennessy can be drunk straight. We encourage this as this allows you to appreciate the nuances in flavor a lot more than if you were to drink it with mixers. 

In Summary 

So, how many shots can get you drunk? People get drunk after five or six shots on average, but this depends on many other factors like mood, weight, gender, and alcohol tolerance. Learn more about Hennessy’s alcohol content here.

Hennessy is not the alcohol we are inclined to choose if we want to get drunk because of its price tag. But to satiate your curiosity, people, on average, will probably get drunk after the fifth shot of Hennessy Cognac. 



Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here or feel free to give Lydia a tip.

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