Bean Juice. Bean Juice. Bean Juice.
So, you love coffee. That much is clear. The 3 killer coffee cocktails from espresso to lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, and not to leave out the tried and true (minimalistic) black coffee preparation. The popular brewed beverage truly is both delicious and functional. Right?
If you agree, you aren’t alone. Not in the slightest. To ballpark the worldwide statistic, billions of cups containing the esteemed bean water are consumed daily. That’s right, daily.
As a casual drinker, your consumption may be strictly social or dependent upon whether the ever iconic Pumpkin Spice is in season. Or, as a light sipper, you may enjoy swinging by your local bikini coffee shop, possibly indulging in a sweet thai coffee along with a bit of spicy Panang Curry.
For others, coffee is considered requisite (a lifeblood, of sorts). And luckily, for you particular folks whom of which use coffee to fuel your day-to-day, there are also options to keep the proverbial ball at a constant roll. More specifically?
Your choices of caffeination may involve a trusty drip-coffee machine constantly serving it up fresh. Adversely, you’re an espresso shot connoisseur; you get by with scalding hot doses by the ounce or two, perhaps with a slice of lemon peel. Additionally, you could identify as an instant coffee fan (time and money may be in short supply or you really prefer the convenience of the one-step process). No matter.
The arrays of coffee patrons are great in diversity. That said, what seems overwhelmingly obvious, is you all find value in the subtle buzz and boost in productivity. And why not?
Coffee is a tremendous tool. The history is rich and expansive. It has proven to aid us confidently through deadlines, impossibly long drives and in some ways has lent a hand in the construction of the world we know today. Wow!
While all these benefits can be positive and desired, maybe you want to enjoy the at-hand favorite in new, exciting ways. No matter what type of coffee follower you might be, you may seek fresh opportunities to explore. Enter, Spirits.
At the appropriate age, coffee can begin to take on novel forms. With proper care, one may craft this iconic beverage into cocktails which further exemplify the true elasticity of coffee’s ability. The addition of certain ingredients and know-how to build different recipes can completely shift the notion what coffee can be. Here are a few:
Add an Extra Kick
Irish Coffee is the gold standard of the caffeine/alcohol hybrids. It is mouthwatering, doubly warming and may take on various forms. Let’s get into it.
This gem calls for hot, filtered coffee. Press, percolate or start the drip. Once the brewing is complete, the remainder of the steps are determined by personal taste and preference. To elaborate, the ratios may be tuned to emphasize sweetness, booziness and creaminess. Now, to dial it in.
In a sturdy glass or mug (which will withstand the high temperatures,) use hot water to charge. The objective is a warming of the vessel; thereby, avoiding any chilling of the beverage when poured. After the mug is sufficiently tempered, you may empty it of the charging water. Moving on to the good stuff!
Start by adding your favorite whiskey. Traditionally, the ‘Irish Coffee’, calls for Jameson Irish Whiskey. But, you are welcome (of course) to spike with any whiskey of your choosing. As a side note, bourbon will be a bit sweeter, scotch-smoky, rye-spicy and the (namesake) Irish whiskey will pique caramel notes (making it exceptional for this concoction.)
Now that your whiskey has made its way in to your cup, sweetening is next. This may be done in a variety of ways: granulated sugar, a sugar syrup or using artificial sweetener. Onward!
The last step is the cream. And uniform with the previous portions of the recipe, this is also subjective. Your options are as follows: a basic cream (dairy or otherwise), whipped cream or some like to toss in some Irish Cream Liqueur.
Take your pick. It is also acceptable to choose all three and tune each amount to taste.
Keep it Classy
Up next is a big-time crowd pleaser. The Espresso Martini. Served up in a martini glass (chilled, for maximum presentation). To bring this elegant creation into view, only three humble ingredients are required.
The first is vodka. There are lots to choose from, but you will do well to remember (vodka is effectively colorless and odorless.) Onto number two.
As is in the title of the martini, espresso is of utmost importance. A freshly pulled shot or two will do wonders to liven up the drink (bringing some sweetness, while avoiding an overly bitter result.) Time for number three.
Coffee liqueur will serve as the sweet element in this tasteful blend. There are several wonderful options to choose from. So seek out the one which will please your palette and you will not be disappointed. And bringing them together.
Shake the three components with ice, then fine strain them into your (prechilled) martini glass. And that’s it! Spritz the oil of a lemon twist over top, if you go for that and enjoy!
Redefine the Paradigm
Last on the list: Patriota.
Introducing an advanced selection, in tribute to Emilio Bacardi Moreau, Laura Marnich brought us this lovely hit. Thanks Laura!
Here we have a riff on the Cafecito Cubano. This addition to your rolodex is truly essential. As for what’s in it?
A light rum lays a firm foundation for its partner ingredients. To accent, a coupling of Fernet Branca Menta and chocolate cream liqueur boldly set the stage. This marriage is boozy, herbaceous, refreshing and lavish. Not to leave out.
Our star of the show is espresso, plus sugar for balance. As usual, the proper shot of espresso will highlight the amazing characteristics of coffee. And in this drink, those highlights are absolutely sublime.