Get Buzzed: 10 Must-Try Coffee Cocktails
Let’s face it: the average urbanite’s two major vices are coffee and alcohol. So, why not kill two birds with one stone via a coffee cocktail?
Bartenders are turning to cold-brew coffee and espresso syrups made with locally roasted beans to give their concoctions an extra kick. Justin Anderson, bar manager at La Sirena Clandestina, uses their La Colombe house blend on his cocktail menu. The rich coffee or espresso flavors are a natural fit with both tequila and bourbon. “Use it sparingly to let the base spirit shine through,” he said of his tequila-based coffee cocktail.
These dark and stirred elixirs are best suited as a Bloody Mary brunch replacement, an aperitif or with dessert. Most of these coffee cocktails are served chilled, but a few bars are translating the trend into an elevated take on Irish coffee. The team at Publican Quality Meats gets straight to the point with the “Bourbon and Bourbon," a shot of espresso spiked with Buffalo Trace bourbon and orange bitters.
Here's a sampling of boozy coffee creations hitting cocktail menus around Chicago.