Coffee is a decadent drink that can be bitter, sweet and many things in between. I was captivated with the idea of the notorious Pirate Anne Bonny and capturing the fireside mood on a starlit, palm fringed Caribbean beach. Ships at anchor and a successful plunder stashed away, and it's time to relax. Smoke, wood, tobacco, both bitter and sweet coffee, and a decadent hint of coconut formed up the desired flavours. I wanted something boozy, sweet, and warmly acidic.



 60 ml Mr Black Coffee Liqueur
 20 ml Spiced Rum(Sailor Jerry)
 60 ml Strong black plunger coffee, chilled, preferably acidic
 10 ml Sugar Syrup
 20 ml Coconut milk
 4 drops Marie Laveau Tobacco Bitters(The Bitter Queens)
 1 Apple woodchips for the smoker
 3 Fresh coffee beans



Line your martini glass with tobacco bitters. You can use an atomiser for this step, or drop it onto the inner sides of the glass, swirling the bitters to cover the glass. You want to get even coverage, not chunks of unexpected flavour. This is about being smooth.


Place Mr Black, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, coffee, syrup and coconut milk into a shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly. You're aiming to ensure the coconut milk is mixed right in, and that the cocktail will froth when it settles in the serving glass. Strain into your serving glass.


Garnish with three coffee beans, gently resting them on top of the froth. Mmmm aroma.


Fire up your smoker and push a healthy dose of apple wood smoke into an identical upturned martini glass and place it on top of your cocktail to infuse. Leave for 30 seconds.


Serve to your client, removing the upturned glass at the last moment so the client enjoys that first flush of smoke (and we all love a bit of visual theatre).


Drink and pretend to be a triumphant pirate on a nighttime Caribbean beach.

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  1. rowena.murray 11 October 2021 at 3:07 pm

    Hi everyone! I hope some of you try this recipe out, it’s already become a staple in my home bar.

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