Today, I will introduce you to most fun aspect of knowing Coffee. That would be experimenting with it. In my line of work, you have to be prepared to experiment and be creative with drinks.
Well, you don’t have to but there’s a lot of room for it if you’re that type of Barista. Creativity is appreciated, and patience while preparing the drinks properly, a required skill.
Let me introduce you to some of the Coffee based cocktails that might give you a better picture of all experimentation aloud. Every Coffee cocktail was invented by accident. Some of them are just typical cocktails with the addition of Coffee, but what they all have in common is that they’re open to interpretation. That means that you can adjust every single recipe to your taste.
Now the actual fun part, the actual Coffee cocktail recipes!
- 2 oz Vermouth (preferably Italian)
- 11/2 oz Amaro
- 11/2 oz Strong Cold Coffee
- 1 oz Syrup (keep it simple, use sugar syrup or a mild flavor that won’t clash with the ingredients above)
- Club soda
- Orange wheel (for decor)
To make a successful Siciliano cocktail mix all the ingredients in the shaker (except club soda). Mixed potion pour in the glass, add ice til top and finish adding club soda to match your taste. Try it before garnishing with the orange peel.
And, most importantly – ENJOY!
COFFEE OLD FASHIONED
- Double Espresso (at room temperature, not too hot, not stone-cold)
- 1 oz Bourbon
- 1/4 oz Syrup (keep it simple again)
- Lemon peel to garnish
You’ve heard of the Old Fashioned cocktail. How about the caffeinated version?
Simply, add all the ingredients in a shaker and fill to top with ice. Shake or stir with a long spoon, and strain the drink all over ice in a glass. Garnish with a simple lemon peel.
- 1 oz Cognac
- 1 oz Cherry Liqueur
- 1/4 oz Cinnamon Syrup
Mix it all together with ice. Once poured in the glass, top off with Coffee, whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkles.
SHAKE YOUR BON BON
- Chocolate Syrup
- Vanilla Syrup
- 2 shots of Espresso
- Whipped Cream
Put straight in the shaker – 2 pumps of chocolate syrup, 4 pumps of vanilla syrup and 2 shots of Espresso. Add ice to the shaker and shake until it’s cooled completely.
Pour over ice, fill to top with whipped cream and add a cookie/bon bon of your choice.
- 1 cup of Coffee
- 30 ml Spiced Rum
- 30 ml Butterscotch Schanpps
- 1 tsp sugar
- Whipped cream and Coffee Beans to garnish
Add all ingredients together, shake them and pour over ice. Top off with whipped cream and Coffee beans as a garnish.
As simple as that! ENJOY!
TIPS AND TRICKS
You can improvise with your favorite plain cocktails by adding Coffee or Kahlua to them. If you prefer your Coffee sweet, add syrup before the Coffee shots are cold, so it dissolves better. There is no wrong answer or idea.
To make them more interesting, try to use flavored milk, like vanilla flavored milk.
More often than not, you’re welcome to top them off with whipped cream. Making them pretty also shouldn’t be a problem. Have you noticed how many recipe pictures nowadays have simple jars as a drink vessel?
Your typical mustard/marmalade/pickles glass jars, which can be decorated with ribbons, or some kind of artistic signature. You can use watercolors or nail polish to draw on it. Anything can look pretty in those jars. You don’t have to have proper cocktail glasses.
One more thing I have to mention is the material you’ll be using. Your drinks will be destined to smell, taste and look fabulous if you’re gonna use high quality material. Bargaining with ingredients means bargaining with the end result.
I hope you enjoyed reading and trying these recipes at home. If you have any comments and questions, please leave them below and I’ll tend to them with haste.