While turning the clocks back is perhaps not as painful as moving them forward, it still throws off your circadian rhythm, leaving most of us pretty tired. We have to admit weâ€™re not excited for the end of daylight-saving time this Sunday.
What certainly helps make the transition easier are all the coffee liqueurs on store shelves now. We first reported about these products last spring, and have since discovered even more of them. Thereâ€™s the fine House Spirits Coffee Liqueur ($20; pictured above) that includes beans from famed Portland, Ore., roaster Stumptown, as well as KahlÃºaâ€™s brand-new and potent Midnight ($24)â€”itâ€™s a respectable 70-proof.
Another recent favorite of ours is Santa Teresaâ€™s sweet ArakÃº ($30). The Venezuelan distillery, known for its delicious 1796 Rum, actually grows arabica beans on its own plantation and uses a base of two-year-old rum matured in American oak barrels for this liqueur.
Coffee itself also works beautifully in cocktails. We like talented bartender St. John Frizellâ€™s version of Charles H. Baker, Jr.â€™s classic Kirsch au CafÃ©, which combines espresso with cognac, kirsch and Cherry Heering.
And you should try the fortifying Banzai Beach created by all-star mixologist Kevin Diedrich of San Francisco bar Jasperâ€™s Corner Tap & Kitchen. It calls for rum, coffee, beer and even a whole egg. If that wonâ€™t get you going, nothing will!