Dessert menus oftentimes have a drink section with digestif selections such as coffee and spirits. But why choose between the two when you can combine the best of both worlds? These recipes all call for real, freshly brewed coffee plus various spirits and liqueurs, and unless otherwise noted, are from Mr. Boston's (A.K.A. The Drink Bible).
Careful when imbibing though; containing both caffeine and alcohol, these drinks are like the original Red Bull Vodkas. And for you pyromaniacs out there, the last four drinks involve the element of fire. These make for fantastic post-dinner drinks as well as cold weather and holiday drinks, so cheers!
No coffee cocktails list would be complete without the famous Irish Coffee. Birthed in Ireland in the 1940's, it reached California by the 1950's and has remained a popular hot cocktail since. When topping the drink with thick or whipped cream, take care to make sure it stays afloat on the drink, pouring the cream over the back of a spoon if you need to, to ensure that it doesn't get mixed into a drink, a sign of a well-made Irish Coffee.
1 1/2 oz. Irish Whiskey Hot Coffee Sugar to taste
Into Irish coffee glass rimmed with sugar, pour Irish Whiskey. Fill to within 1/2 inch of top with coffee. Add sugar, if desired. Cover surface to brim with whipped cream.
This is the only drink on the list that is chilled and contains ice. With 4 ounces of booze though, which is half the drink, it can stand to be a little watered down. So we'll let this one slide. This one packs a punch, yet is still refreshing.
2 oz. Coffee-Flavored Brandy 2 oz. Light Rum 4 oz. Strong Black Coffee 2 tsp Powdered Sugar
Another Mexican-inspired coffee cocktail. If you want to get extra fancy with this one, a cinnamon-sugar rim could also be employed.
1 1/2 oz. Blanco Tequila 1/2 oz. Coffee Liqueur 4 oz. Freshly Brewed Coffee 1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon 1 tsp. Superfine Sugar, plus more for garnish Freshly Whipped Cream Garnish: Cinnamon Stick
Combine the tequila, coffee liqueur, and coffee in a preheated Irish coffee glass. Stir in the cinnamon and sugar. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with a pinch of sugar and a cinnamon stick.
The Cafe Royale is similar to the Reudesheim Kaffe, but with slightly less sugar and brandy, and instead of coffee being stirred into the flaming brandy-sugar mixture, a brandy caramelized sugar cube is dropped into a cup of joe.
1 Sugar Cube Brandy 1 cup Hot Black Coffee
Put cube of sugar, well soaked in brandy, in teaspoon and hold so that it will rest on top of the cup of coffee and ignite. Hold until flame burns out. Drop contents in coffee.
This lemon-y coffee cocktail calls for a shot of flaming cognac, A.K.A. flaming gold.
1 1/4 oz cognac 5 oz hot black coffee 1/2 lemon 1 cinnamon stick 1 sugar
Rim a coffee cup with lemon juice and sugar. Simmer coffee, zest of half a lemon, cinnamon stick and sugar (to taste) in a small saucepan. Heat and ignite cognac in a soup ladle, add to coffee, and extinguish. Strain into the cup, and serve. Source
With all of these ingredients, it's as if you're mixing a potent hot toddy liqueur into coffee. More than just a citrus-y coffee cocktail, the making of can actually be quite the fiery performance.
2 sugar cubes 1 1/2 oz. brandy 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier 5-8 whole cloves 1 strip orange peel 1 strip lemon peel 8 ounces black coffee
Gently heat all of the ingredients except the coffee in a chafing dish or, if one is not available, a saucepan. Pour the hot coffee into coffee mug. The brandy should begin to release its aroma after a few minutes. At this point, ignite the brandy and allow the flames to burn for 15-20 seconds, then ladle the brandy mixture over the hot coffee. Mix the coffee and brandy together. Source
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