Cordials: Making Jamaica Coffee and Amaretto Cruise

Dinner’s over. Time for cordials — dessert drinks offering sweet satisfaction.


So you wrap up your evening meal with friends, and somebody pulls a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream from the fridge and points to the coffee maker. Another friend takes out a bottle of Kahlua and a box of hot cocoa mix. Yep, the evening’s not quite over yet.

“Cordials” are traditional after-dinner beverages that are hard to pass up. These liqueurs are essentially sweetened and flavored distilled spirits. The term “cordial” is most often used to refer to “dessert” spirits that are chocolaty or creamy in nature, such as the aforementioned Kahlua or Baileys.

The whole idea behind a liqueur is to add extra flavor to certain beverages, and there are many flavors and types to choose from. According to mixologist and writer Colleen Graham, writing for, liqueurs can have a single specific flavor, or consist of a blend of different flavors. Orange-flavored liqueurs in particular are very popular, and many orange liqueurs exist. The ones most commonly seen behind the bar are triple sec, curaçao, Cointreau and Grand Marnier.

“Then, there are proprietary blends protected by specific brands and known only by that brand’s name. Recipes involving some of these liqueurs, like Averna, Benedictine, Chartreuse and Frangelico, date back centuries and are as popular today as they ever were,” Graham wrote. “Due to their sweet nature, many liqueurs can be a considered digestif and are great when served straight with dessert.”

Jamaica Coffee


  • ¾ oz. dark rum
  • ¾ oz. coffee flavored liqueur
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 2 tbsp. whipped cream
  • 1 chocolate covered coffee bean

Pour rum and coffee liqueur into a coffee glass. Fill glass with hot coffee. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with a coffee bean. (

Amaretto Cruise


  • ½ oz. amaretto almond liqueur
  • ½ oz. rum
  • ½ oz. peach schnapps
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 oz. cream
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. sweet and sour mix

Put everything into a blender. Blend and add ice until smooth. Serve in a tall glass. (

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