We seem to have a long history of combining alcohol with our coffee, to the point that we have different names depending on what type of alcohol is used. I think it’s because professional human beings seem to have a default setting that almost requires them to power up every morning with the consumption of caffeine, but by god we are also adults and that means we want booze with it!

The Blackjack is yet another twist on this intriguing tale; by using cold coffee this cocktail is more akin to an Espresso Martini than an Irish coffee, but the use of brandy does emulate that flavour profile well and unlike other brandy based drinks there is only the slightest bitter aftertaste which could easily be remedied with a quick splash of simple syrup into the mix. However, at this point there is very little to distinguish the Blackjack from an Espresso Martini, so perhaps the bitterness is a key element of the drink. This remains to be seen, and is entirely up to personal preference so, per our usual advice, experiment and see what works best for you. If simple syrup doesn’t work, maybe some sugar in the coffee before you chill it could also have the desired effect.

Either way, the brandy works wonderfully with the coffee and the cherry liqueur brings a subtle fruity note that makes the Blackjack appropriate for all year round consumption – brandy for warmth in the winter, cherry liqueur for fun in the summer.


Kaylee’s parasol really rounds out the cocktail silhouette.

The Recipe:

♦  1 ½ ounces brandy

♦  1 ½ ounces very strong, cold coffee

♦  ¾ ounce cherry liqueur

Shake the ingredients together and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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