Blackjack Cocktail: The Perfect Drink for Poker Night

You'll be holding all the cards when you serve this berry delightful cocktail at your next casino night.

Updated February 1, 2024
Glasses of blackjack cocktail on a bar lights background

Even if you're a gambler by nature, there's no risk in making a blackjack cocktail. And with our version of the blackjack, you'll be holding all the cards to make a totally tasty drink.

How to Make a Blackjack Cocktail

We adore a pour and stir drink — no shaking required. And this one is extra special (& extra boozy). 


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


  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 the chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with a 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.

Related: 11 Elegant Empress Gin Cocktails

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.

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: The Perfect Drink for Poker Night