Clearly, whoever came up with daylight-saving time wasn’t a drinker. And this Sunday morning, when the clocks are reset, we may be a little bit groggier than normal. Fortunately, there is a temporary mixological cure for sleep deprivation: caffeinated concoctions.
People have been combining spirits with coffee for a long while. The most famous of these mixtures is the Mexican Kahlúa ($16), which has been around since 1936 and is made from shade-grown arabica beans, alcohol, sugar, vanilla and caramel. And from espresso-obsessed Italy comes the new Galliano Ristretto ($25), which is flavored with a rich blend of arabica and robusta.
There’s also the bespoke liqueur Firelit ($50), pictured above, which is produced using java from artisanal roasters. Each batch is slightly different and is meant to be sipped neat or on the rocks. The heart of the spirit is unaged brandy made from chardonnay grapes along with both brewed and distilled coffee. (The brand is available in California right now and will soon be in New York.)
But should you only have beans on hand, don’t worry. Try mixing up the Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey-based Cowboy Coffee from the aptly named Squeaky Bean bar in Denver.
And if all else fails, make an Irish Coffee, or the Italian classic Caffé Corretto by adding half an ounce of grappa to a mug of strong coffee. Either one should certainly clear your head.