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The Nikolaschka is a German masterpiece that transcends the ordinary realms of after-dinner drinks. Crafted with precision and passion, this high-ABV cocktail is a sensory delight that marries the richness of cognac with the zesty allure of fresh lemon, the subtle sweetness of powdered sugar, and the robust aroma of powdered coffee. 

Cognac with lemon wedges.

The unique charm of Nikolaschka lies in its perfect harmony—a divine blend of sweet and bitter notes, meticulously balanced to create a taste that lingers long after the last sip. Each element, from the smooth cognac to the vibrant lemon and the aromatic coffee, contributes to an experience that is both luxurious and comforting.


The origins of the Nikolaschka are unclear, but it is believed to have been named after Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of Russia. Some sources suggest that the drink was invented in the 1960s or 1970s, during a time when cocktails were becoming increasingly popular in Germany.

Nikolaschka became a popular drink in Germany and other parts of Europe, and it is still enjoyed today. The cocktail is often served in bars and restaurants, and it is also easy to make at home.

Cognac, a type of brandy, is an essential ingredient in Nikolaschka. It is a high-quality spirit that is made from distilled wine and aged in oak barrels. Cognac is produced in the Cognac region of France and is known for its smooth, rich flavor.

Today, the Nikolaschka is considered a classic cocktail and is enjoyed by people all over the world. Its unique combination of flavors and textures makes it a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts, and it is sure to remain a popular drink for years to come.

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How to Make It

Cognac with lemon wedges.


Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute

Making a Nikolaschka cocktail is easy, and you only need a few ingredients to get started.

Here are the steps you need to follow to make it:


  • 1 ½ oz cognac
  • Lemon slice
  • ½ tsp powdered coffee
  • ½ tsp powdered sugar


  1. Take a brandy snifter glass and pour cognac into it.
  2. Next, take a slice of lemon (15mm thick) and place it on top of the glass.
  3. Cover half of the lemon slice with powdered coffee.
  4. Cover the other half of the lemon slice with powdered sugar.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

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How to Drink the Nicolaschka 

There are a few different methods to drink the Nicolaschka. One popular way to drink it is to place the lemon slice on your tongue, then drink the cognac and let it sit in your mouth before swallowing. Others prefer to drink the cognac first, then chew on the garnished lemon slice. A third way is to chew on the lemon with sugar and coffee first, then sip the cognac while the garnish is still in your mouth. Experiment with different ways to savor this unique cocktail! 


There are several variations of the Nikolaschka cocktail that you can try to suit your taste. Here are some of the popular ones:

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Vodka Nikolaschka

This variation replaces cognac with vodka and lemon with an orange disk. The other ingredients remain the same, including powdered coffee and sugar.

Gin Nikolaschka

Gin can be used instead of cognac to make this variation. The other ingredients remain the same.

Rum Nikolaschka

You can use rum instead of cognac to make this variation. You can also experiment with different types of rum to create a unique flavor.

Vermouth Nikolaschka

Vermouth can be used instead of cognac to make this variation. You can use sweet or dry vermouth depending on your preference.

Lemon-free Nikolaschka

If you don’t like the taste of lemon, you can skip it altogether. Just add sugar and powdered coffee to cognac or your preferred liquor.

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