Your morning cup of joe and your after-work tipple don't usually hang out together. But sometimes, the spirit just grabs you. And so you find yourself with a coffee cocktail in-hand.
The sum is greater than either of its (plenty-enticing) parts. And whether you like to use coffee or espresso, rum or whiskey, there’s no doubt that something here will appeal to you.
This caffeinated sipper is named after the harsh brewing method of itinerant ranch-hands. And just as in the original, this drink uses crushed coffee beans, which are shaken with ice, Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey, Demerara syrup and bitters. Designed to bring class to your home on the range, the Cowboy Coffee is even served in a Champagne flute.
View Recipe: Cowboy Coffee
Adapted from Charles H. Baker, Jr.’s 1939 recipe published in The Gentleman’s Companion, this complex recipe plays with the espresso’s deep chocolate and cherry notes. Made with a base of the versatile French spirit cognac, the clear cherry brandy known as kirsch and Cherry Heering, the cocktail is turned into a froth tower with the addition of simple syrup, egg white and freshly brewed espresso.
View Recipe: Kirsch au Café
Yeah, we know: Apples and coffee are a little unconventional. But this mix of sweet Baileys Irish Cream, boozy apple brandy, spiced Yellow Chartreuse and chilled coffee plays with a variety of flavor profiles. Just what you need after a long day of work.
View Recipe: Apple Irish Coffee
If hard liquor is a little more than you can handle early in the day, try this orange liqueur–spiked drink. It blends together a little Grand Marnier, brown sugar syrup, freshly brewed coffee and whipped cream. The creamy combination is sweet enough for a morning treat and will keep you going all day long.
View Recipe: Grand Coffee
This version of the classic Irish whiskey recipe was created by top mixologist Jack McGarry of famed New York bar The Dead Rabbit. (He not only runs one of America’s best Irish pubs; he’s also actually an Irishman.) The secret is a bit of Demerara sugar syrup and hand-whipped cream. The result: One of our favorite caffeinated cocktails.
View Recipe: The Dead Rabbit Irish Coffee
If you’re a fan of cold-brew coffee, try this punch from talented Los Angeles barman Eric Alperin. The drink plays off the coffee’s bright orange peel and spice flavors by way of orange juice, cinnamon and a sturdy backbone of añejo rum and sweet Italian vermouth Punt e Mes.
View Recipe: Café Corrección Ponche
Do you usually take vanilla in your venti soy latte? Well, you’ll appreciate this three-note combination of creamy caramel, rich java and smooth vodka all from two ingredients: Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka and iced coffee. It’s as easy to drink as your morning Starbucks.
View Recipe: Iced Caramel Coffee