Coffee Cobbler – the James Bond Cocktail with Brandy and Iced Coffee

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James Bond drank several pairings of Coffee and Brandy throughout the books. In Casino Royale, Moonraker and Goldfinger, Bond drank them as a pairing.

At 2:1 the Coffee Cobbler is a lot stronger, but it’s one that Bond would’ve enjoyed. He drank coffee almost as much as he drank whisk(e)y in the books. In fact he made some Whiskey and coffee once that was a lot stronger than the Coffee Cobbler. Bond also enjoyed iced coffee on the rare occasion. So, he would certainly appreciate this one. The drink comes from the Harry Johnson’s Bartender’s Manual from 1882. Harry’s recipe called for granulated sugar and Martell Cognac, but other than that it’s the same. I used Hennessy VS because Bond enjoyed it in Goldfinger, even though in 1959 it was called Hennessy Three Star. The Groundwork ready-to-drink Cold Brew works well with this drink, but feel free to use your favorite coffee. Just be mindful of whether it’s cold brew or cold brew concentrate. If it’s concentrate, you’ll have to dilute it first before adding it to the drink. Simple Syrup ( is optional.

Most times, I would probably opt out of it. But it works well with just a touch of sugar. Try it with less sugar and add more if you need it. Brandy and Coffee go well together. It’s perfect for the late afternoon on a hot day. Sit out on the porch. Put your feet up. Have a cold drink. You deserve it. Cheers!

Recipe And Instructions:

  • 1.5 oz Brandy
  • 3 oz Coffee (Cold Brew preferred)
  • 0.25 oz Simple Syrup (optional)
  • Stir ingredients in a mixing glass.
  • Pour over crushed ice in a collins glass.
  • Serve with a straw.

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