Coffee Cocktails

The best ways to spike your cocktails with coffee


Hey, what you do with this information is up to you. We're certainly not suggesting that the best way to take the edge off of a rough morning at work is to spike the coffee supply. And we're definitely not hinting that no one will be the wiser if you prepare for an especially interminable staff meeting by adding some yin (rum) to your yang (Folgers). It's just not something we'd come right out and advise.

What we will say is this: After you take off for happy hour, tired from a long day of Power Point and sales calls and crappy coffee, there's a better way to revive for the night than ordering a vodka-Red Bull. That'll just bug your friendly, already beleagured bartender. Try some of these mixologist-approved caffeine injections, instead.
Cafe Cocktail

1 oz Cognac
1 oz Creme de cacao
2 ounces coffee
1 teaspoon superfine sugar

In a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice, combine all ingredients and stir. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Espresso Cocktail

3/4 oz Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
3/4 oz vodka
1 oz Espresso

Shake all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Jamaican Coffee
Adapted from barista Giorgios Milos

1 oz Espresso
2 oz Dark Rum
2 tsp Simple syrup
Whipped cream (optional)

Steam the dark rum until hot, then combine with espresso and simple syrup in a glass mug. Garnish with whipped cream.

Black Maria

1 oz Dark Rum
1/2 oz Tia Maria (coffee liqueur)
1 bar spoon superfine sugar
1 cup Cold coffee
Lemon twist for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, stir. Strain into a highball glass over ice, or into a chilled cocktail glass.

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  • Snooth User: Rhonnda
    513094 9

    Now this I could grow to LOVE,...don't know about the rest of you but coffee anything does it for me and I don't even drink regular coffee,...latte's, flavoured this and that, liquors and now,...this,...I'm in Heaven!!!!

    Oct 29, 2010 at 3:57 PM

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