Regular drinkers of the beverage will tell you that coffee is not just any normal beverage; it has the ability to bring people together and create a community. While cafephiles are always on the lookout for innovative ways to enhance the coffee-drinking experience, their encounters with alcohol lovers has proven to be one of the most fruitful ones, introducing them to the whole new world of Coffee Cocktails!
One of the most distinct advantages that comes out of this marriage of caffeine and alcohol is the ability to create a mood using a drink, rather than the mood defining the drink to be chosen. So let us explore the different moods that can be created with the help of the following coffee cocktail recipes:
This hot coffee cocktail is usually the first name that comes to your mind when you think of coffee drinks with liquor (in this case, whiskey). Irish coffee is both smooth and sweet, making it one of the best and the most popular coffee cocktails. To make it, add hot coffee to a preheated Irish coffee glass until it’s about ¾ full. Enjoy it the Irish way with two cocktail sugar cubes!
According to legend, the chef and bartender Joe Sheridan created the first known experience (1943) of the Irish coffee. Nine years later, when Joe began working for Buena Vista, a restaurant in San Francisco, he met a journalist, Stanton Delaplace who was the one responsible for spreading across the globe, giving it its global appeal.
For our next coffee cocktail, we must travel to France. The major difference between Café Amore and Irish Coffee is the difference in alcohol used: The French prefer cognac over whiskey, with amaretto for the flavor.
To make this delightful cocktail, begin by adding equal parts cognac and amaretto to the serving glass, before pouring in the hot coffee over a few ice-cubes. Top with whipped cream and shaved almonds and you would have made yourself a hot coffee cocktail appropriate for winters.
Our next destination is the southern state of Kentucky in the US, where a version of Irish coffee featuring the state’s local favourite alcohol is used: bourbon. To make yourself a good cup of Kentucky coffee, take an Irish Coffee glass and fill it half full with hot coffee. Add an ounce of bourbon to it, along with half an ounce of coffee liqueur and a dash of vanilla extract. End by adding sugar to taste and slowly pouring the cream so that settles on top. Now, doesn’t that look pretty?
Known for its old world charm, Bavaria, Germany’s largest state, is also the next destination on our list as we look for coffee cocktail recipes. A Bavarian coffee cocktail starts with the familiar ingredients of hot coffee, Kahlua, sugar and cream. This drink takes Kahlua, the go-to for coffee liqueur drink, one level higher through its other ingredients. Add some pepper schnapps for an extra kick to create a sweet, minty, creamy coffee that is perfect for Christmas time celebrations.
MAPLE PECAN LATTE
We end this list with a drink that is often considered every drinker’s go-to glory brew. The recipe is simple and it begins with homemade maple pecan syrup, made from maple syrup, pecan butter, brown sugar, cream and butter, all of which can be combined in a mug, to be topped off with a shot of whiskey!
Coffee cocktails are a great way to expand your coffee repertoire and keep the beverage drinking experience fresh and interesting. There are an infinite amount of ways you can experience coffee and true cafephiles should look to find all of them!
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