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Coffee Cocktail

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    • Prep 5min
    • Total5min
    • Servings1

    This nineteenth-century specialty drink is from Jerry Thomas’s 1887 The Bar-Tender’s Guide or How to Mix All Kinds of Plain and Fancy Drinks. (photo by Flickr user earthakimbo)MORE+LESS-

    ByTBSP Nate

    Updated May 6, 2015



    ounce cognac or brandy


    ounce ruby port


    small egg


    teaspoon sugar

    Freshly grated nutmeg, for dusting


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      Shake all of the ingredients well with ice and strain into a port glass. Dust with nutmeg.

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    There's the cowboy method of making a coffee cocktail. You know, sloshing a slug of whiskey from a flask into a tin mug of watery, mostly burned, gritty grounds. Horse, hat, and Red Dead Redemption attitude not required. There's the pregame method, too: Brewing a fresh pot after work and adding it to a thermos with whatever alcohol you have stocked on the bar cart (Jameson Cold Brew, if you're lucky), then nursing it in the taxi or on the train to your final destination. There's also the cop-out method, which is sipping one of the handful of esteemed coffee liqueurs that've been introduced to the spirits world over the last decade&mdashMr. Black and Patrón XO Cafe come to mind&mdashover ice.

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    But should you want to go legit with your alcoholic coffee cocktail consumption, here's a selection of classic drinks that'll work. A few call for brewed coffee, the others for coffee liqueurs, Kahlúa being the most recognizable but not the only option. From there, it's up to you to balance the confounding coupling of caffeine and alcohol, upper and downer, in a way that leaves you buzzed without swan-diving into sleepiness.

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    &bull 2 oz. Irish whiskey
    &bull 5 oz. coffee
    &bull 2 tsp. sugar
    &bull heavy cream

    Pour the whiskey, coffee, and sugar into a heated glass mug. Stir, then top off with a thick layer of lightly whipped heavy cream. Don't stir it in.

    Technically speaking, this cocktail isn't a martini. A martini is ice-cold and ice-clear, with dry vermouth. Technically speaking, it's an alcoholic energy shot in a fancy glass. Add simple syrup if you need to take the bite off.

    &bull 2 oz. vodka
    &bull 1 oz. coffee liqueur
    &bull 1 oz. fresh espresso

    Shake ingredients together with ice, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with three coffee beans if you want to be cute.

    Think of a Mudslide like you would a hot fudge sundae: If a topping sparks your interest, be it cookie crumbles or whipped cream or cherry drizzle, then by all means, pile it on top.

    &bull 1 oz. coffee liqueur
    &bull 1 oz. vodka
    &bull 1 1/2 oz. Irish cream liqueur

    Combine coffee liqueur, vodka, and Irish cream liqueur in a shaker with ice. Shake for at least 10 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass over ice.

    One White Russian-making method has you building it on the rocks, watching the colors swirl and twirl, then stirring and downing it, Dude-style. The other has you shaking it into a froth. Pick your poison.

    &bull 1 1/2 oz. vodka
    &bull 3/4 oz. Kahlúa
    &bull 3/4 oz. heavy cream

    Add vodka and Kahlúa to a rocks glass over ice, top with heavy cream, then stir if you're so moved. (Alternatively, shake the ingredients well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled Old-Fashioned glass.)

    Rob the White Russian of its "white" and you get a darker, bolder, blacker cocktail. Like Dunkin' without vanilla creamer or Folgers without half and half.

    &bull 2 oz. vodka
    &bull 1 oz. coffee liqueur

    Stir ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice.

    On a parting note, we give you a coffee infusion. Doctor your tequila as such, and you can use it in any funkier tequila cocktail or sip it straight. The recipe comes from Tequila: Shake, Muddle, Stir.

    &bull 1 split vanilla pod (bean)
    &bull 20 oz. blanco tequila
    &bull 3 1/2 oz. freshly ground coffee
    &bull 3 1/2 oz. demerara simple syrup*

    *Demerara Simple Syrup
    &bull 7 oz. water
    &bull 3 1/2 oz. demerara, cane, or granulated (raw) sugar
    &bull 1 tbsp. golden syrup or corn syrup (optional)

    1. Add a vanilla pod to your tequila and leave to infuse for 24&ndash72 hours (check daily, as you want a gentle vanilla taste if you leave it too long, it becomes too floral).
    2. When your vanilla infusion is ready, remove the vanilla pod, then add the ground coffee and give it a good shake. Place the tequila in the freezer for at least 72 hours.
    3. Strain through a coffee filter, then add a little of the simple syrup, to taste. Shake well.

    Demerara Simple Syrup Directions
    1. Boil the water in the saucepan and gently add the sugar. Turn down the heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon for 3&ndash5 minutes until all the sugar is dissolved, and the syrup is clear.
    2. Turn off the heat and leave to cool. While still runny, pour into a sterilized mason jar or pour through a funnel into a sterilized glass bottle with stopper. Adding a spoonful of golden syrup to the cooled mixture will help keep it smooth. Store in the fridge for up to six weeks.

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    It doesn't have to be summer for the iced coffee craving to kick into high gear, but when the temps creep up to triple digits, something chill to start the day seems just about right. Here's a list of some of our very best iced coffee creations, from cold brew to cleverly flavored espresso drinks designed to help keep you cool while delivering that welcome caffeine jolt. All these make an awesome addition to your weekend brunch bash, natch.

    Just a spoon full of sugar and a splash of milk or cream softens the kick of that can come from a straight shot of espresso. Variations on that sweetened dairy scenario seem endless, but remember this: If you want to make a drink like a polished pro, stock up on simple syrup. It mixes easily for a seamless sipper.

    And when a coffee drink heads in a decidedly dessert-style direction, we've got no beef. Go heavy on the ice and make the brain freeze last a little longer.

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