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Coffee & Cigarettes

Linnea Covington

It’s time to stop thinking about the Gin & Tonic as a basic two-ingredient recipe. Case in point is this coffee-laced cocktail by Alan Berger of Denver’s Ultreia, which marries the bitterness of java with the sweet tang of tonic. Berger uses a Colorado gin, with its notes of cardamom and cinnamon, as well as coffee liqueur. The result is smoky, sweet, warm and herbal all at once—perfect for the cold weather.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “6 Gin Drinks Perfect for Sipping by the Fireplace.”


  • 1 1/2 ounces The Block Autumn gin
  • 1 ounce The Block coffee liqueur
  • 5 ounces Q tonic water
  • Garnish: coffee beans
  • Garnish: cocoa nibs


  1. Add the gin and coffee liqueur into a wine glass over ice.

  2. Top with the tonic water and stir gently to combine.

  3. Garnish with 4 coffee beans and 1/4 tsp cocoa nibs.