Velvet Hammer cocktail

Velvet Hammer cocktail
The Velvet Hammer is a smooth cocktail made from equal amounts of Cointreau orange liqueur, creme de cacao, cognac and light cream. The result is a tasty orange-chocolate tasting cocktail, with a slight note of vanilla brought through from the cognac.
There is little information on the Velvet Hammer's origin, but it is thought to have been created in the late 1970s or early 80s when creamy concoctions were becoming popular in bars around the world.
The drink was given its Velvet Hammer name are because it is soft (like velvet) but packs a punch (due to the alcohol, and like a hammer!). Whilst we love the rationale, and although it's a strong drink, we find it a little unfair as it is certainly an easy drink to enjoy.
This cocktail is particularly well suited as an after-dinner drink due to its sweet, creamy texture.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Cocktail glass


  • 30 ml Cointreau orange liqueur
  • 30 ml creme de cacao
  • 30 ml cognac
  • 30 ml light cream


  • Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass filled with some ice cubes.
  • Serve and enjoy!


What is a Velvet Hammer?

The Velvet Hammer is a creamy chocolate-orange flavoured cocktail made with cointreau, cognac, creme de cacao and some light cream.

Cointreau is a clear liqueur made from neutral alcohol, bitter and sweet orange peels, water and sugar. It can be considered a stronger form of Triple Sec that is higher in alcohol and less sweet.

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.