Blackjack Cocktail With Cherry Brandy and Gin

Published July 21, 2022
Glasses of blackjack cocktail on a bar lights background

Ingredients

  • 1¾ ounces gin
  • ½ ounce crème de cassis
  • ½ ounce cherry brandy
  • Ice
  • Lemon peel for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a mixing glass, add ice, gin, crème de cassis, and cherry brandy.
  3. Stir rapidly to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with lemon peel.

Blackjack Drink Variations

Whether you're struggling to find blackjack drink ingredients or you need a different flavor, any of these options will have you covered.

  • Instead of crème de cassis, which can be challenging to find, you can also use crème de mûre or even a black raspberry liqueur in a pinch.
  • Explore different styles of gin, as each will have a distinct and varying flavor profile: London Dry, Old Tom, Plymouth gin, and genever.
  • Infuse your gin with berry flavors to give your blackjack cocktail deeper berry notes.
  • Experiment with different ratios of the ingredients to land on the one you prefer best.

Garnishes for the Blackjack

Complete the look of your blackjack with any of these garnishes.

  • Pierce several cocktail cherries on a cocktail skewer and use them as a garnish.
  • Instead of a lemon peel, use an orange peel.
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel or slice.
  • Highlight the blackcurrant flavor by piercing a few on a cocktail skewer.

About the Blackjack Cocktail

When it comes to the ingredients in a blackjack cocktail, it depends on who you ask. You'll find an array of blackjack cocktails, all with differing ingredients, none with a concrete story or history of just where or how this cocktail came to be. You'll find recipes calling for cold coffee, cognac, simple syrup, kirsch, whiskey, sambuca - the list goes on. Some are shaken, some stirred. And the glasses range from a rocks glass to a coupe...it seems there's no single way to make a blackjack nor any one source of its history. No matter the origin or ingredients, however, one thing is for certain. It's the perfect cocktail for poker night.

Dealing a Blackjack

Hit the jackpot with a blackjack cocktail. Its herbaceous and complex notes always hit the spot, with those juniper gin flavors so well-balanced with juicy berry, you'll wonder which corner of the world this cocktail was hiding. And as for your usual bramble, it may spend a little extra time on the cocktail shelf while you explore even more brandy drinks.

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Blackjack Cocktail With Cherry Brandy and Gin