- 1¾ ounces gin
- ½ ounce crème de cassis
- ½ ounce cherry brandy
- Lemon peel for garnish
- Chill a martini glass or coupe.
- In a mixing glass, add ice, gin, crème de cassis, and cherry brandy.
- Stir rapidly to chill.
- Strain into chilled glass.
- 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.