Blackjack Cocktail

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Cocktail Type


Great for

Dinner Party



Close Up of Blackjack cocktail on the rocks with orange twist

Make this delicious coffee and cognac-based drink to end off a special evening or as the star of your casino-themed evening or poker night. You are four ingredients away from a winning coffee and cherry cocktail to wow your crowd. 

What is a Blackjack Cocktail?

The Blackjack Cocktail is an updated version of the Classic Coffee Cocktail, which was created sometime in the 1900s. About time, we say!  

The Coffee Cocktail is made with equal parts cognac and port that gets shaken up with simple syrup, ice, and a raw egg. It’s then strained into a glass and dusted with freshly grated nutmeg. You’ll note that there’s no coffee in sight, so don’t let the name fool you.  

On the other hand, the Blackjack drink is vegan-friendly and made with coffee amaro, cognac, cherry liqueur, and cold-brewed coffee mixed and poured over ice. Taste-wise you’re in for a treat. This cold sipper bursts with fresh espresso flavor and has a lovely cherry and orange finish.   

Ingredients needed for a Blackjack Cocktail

To make a Blackjack on the rocks, you’re going to need good quality cognac that is orange forward. We chose Bisquit & Debouche Cognac for its spiced apricot and honey aromas and notes of honeysuckle, citrus, and mango. When choosing cherry liqueur, go top shelf. You won’t be sorry. What you’re looking for is a liqueur that’s both sweet and tart (like cherry jelly), and that has hints of warm vanilla. The heart of this cocktail is all coffee, with two types going into the mix. The first is a coffee liqueur, adding a lovely and rich sweetness. The second is cooled espresso, which will give your Blackjack drink a satisfying caffeine punch and bitterness. 

When combined on ice and garnished with a twist of orange, all of the delicious Blackjack Cocktail ingredients make a sophisticated and complex drink that begs to be enjoyed by coffee and cherry lovers alike.  

Top Tip: Cherry liqueur and triple sec are surprisingly similar in taste. Weird, right? If you can’t find a decent cherry liqueur, go ahead and swap it out. No one will know the difference if you play your cards close to your chest.   

Blackjack Cocktail recipe instructions

Now that you’ve got a few tricks up your sleeve making an impressive Blackjack on ice couldn’t get easier.  



Make sure you use cold-brewed coffee for the best results.


If you can’t find a proper cherry liqueur, use triple sec instead. Believe it or not, these two liqueurs are actually quite similar in taste.


Add some extra zest to your Bronx Cocktail by peeling the orange straight over the drink before adding it as garnish.



1 Person

1.25 Oz

37.5 Ml

1.25 Parts

0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

Cherry liqueur
0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

Coffee liqueur
1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Cold-brewed espresso
Orange peel twist to garnish



Pour all the ingredients into an ice-filled old-fashioned or martini glass


Peel the orange over the glass and twist the peel to express the citrus oils before dropping it into the drink


Serve and enjoy!

Recipe variations

The Blackjack drink comes in a few variations. The first substitutes cognac with scotch whiskey, cherry liqueur with triple sec, has added lemon juice and contains coffee liqueur but no cold brew. The second version is an entirely different cocktail altogether. Made with licorice bitters, quinaquina, absinthe, amaro, triple sec, and chilled water. It’s an eye-watering amount of ingredients, and we suggest you give it a go if you’re really (like really really) in the mood for licorice. Probably that one time in your life. If ever. We definitely prefer our cognac and cherry version, but go ahead and experiment if you feel like it.  


This cold sipper bursts with fresh espresso flavor and has a lovely cherry and orange finish. Sweet and sophisticated, like we all hope to be!  

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