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What are the best coffee cocktails?

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Shaken, stirred or simply poured into a glass – there are plenty of boozy delights that incorporate your favourite pick-me-up. Here are a few that we like:

 


ESPRESSO MARTINI

Probably the most famous of all the coffee cocktails, the espresso martini was invented at the Soho Brasserie in 1983. It was called the Vodka Espresso at the time, spent a while being called the rather dodgy-sounding Pharmaceutical Stimulant and finally settled into its now famous title.

The secret to an espresso martini is, unsurprisingly, the coffee. Two things: it must be hot (you need the foamy crema to create the mouth feel you’re after) and it must be good. Fortunately we do really good coffee – try our award-winning espresso (https://www.neighbourhoodcoffee.co.uk/shop/espresso-yourself-coffee-beans/). So, here goes…

 

Get yourself a cocktail shaker (or a jar with a screw-top lid), put your glasses (drinking glasses) in the fridge (either martini glasses or coupes) and then put the following into your shaker:

  • 40ml of good vodka
  • 20ml of coffee liqueur
  • 20ml of fresh, warm espresso
  • Up to 5ml of sugar syrup (caster sugar and half the amount of water – boil and cool)
  • Ice

And shake – shake really well. Pour into your glass and garnish with three coffee beans.

 


DARK AND STORMY COFFEE

Probably the most famous of all the coffee cocktails, the espresso martini was invented at the Soho Brasserie in 1983. It was called the Vodka Espresso at the time, spent a while being called the rather dodgy-sounding Pharmaceutical Stimulant and finally settled into its now famous title.

The secret to an espresso martini is, unsurprisingly, the coffee. Two things: it must be hot (you need the foamy crema to create the mouth feel you’re after) and it must be good. Fortunately we do really good coffee – try our award-winning espresso (https://www.neighbourhoodcoffee.co.uk/shop/espresso-yourself-coffee-beans/). So, here goes…

Get yourself a cocktail shaker (or a jar with a screw-top lid), put your glasses (drinking glasses) in the fridge (either martini glasses or coupes) and then put the following into your shaker:

  • 40ml of good vodka
  • 20ml of coffee liqueur
  • 20ml of fresh, warm espresso
  • Up to 5ml of sugar syrup (caster sugar and half the amount of water – boil and cool)
  • Ice

And shake – shake really well. Pour into your glass and garnish with three coffee beans.

 


WHITE RUSSIAN

Here’s one that’s very environmentally friendly as it makes the most of your used coffee grounds. This recipe makes one – but you’ll need to plan ahead to multiply accordingly.

  • Pour 50ml of dark rum over a spoon or two of used coffee grounds. Leave to steep for 24 hours and then strain out the coffee-infused rum through kitchen towel
  • Add a tiny dash of maple syrup and pour over ice in a glass
  • Stir in 25ml of coffee liqueur
  • Take some seeds from a vanilla pod and mix into double cream (add a splash of vodka if you like)
  • Pour into the glass over the back of a spoon so it floats on top
  • Sprinkle vanilla seeds over top

 


CLASSIC IRISH COFFEE

Very 1970s, very decadent and must be due a come-back!

  • Make a mug of your favourite Neighbourhood Coffee brew
  • Splash in some whisky and half a teaspoon of brown sugar
  • Lightly whip some doublecream (really, only very lightly)
  • Pour the cream over the back of a spoon onto the top of the drink (this works better if you just touch the edge of the spoon onto the liquid)
  • Garnish with a little grated nutmeg

 


COFFEE OLD FASHIONED

Fill your shaker (or jar) with ice and then tip in the following:

  • A double espresso (cooled)
  • 25ml of bourbon or rye whisky
  • Add a dash of sugar syrup
  • Add a dash of orange bitters
  • Stir really well (for around half a minute)
  • Strain into glasses full of ice
  • Add a twist of lemon peel

 

Obviously, drink in moderation. Unless it’s coffee – well, don’t over-do that either. As always – use awesome coffee. Use our coffee. Cheers!