Fashionable Coffee Cocktails in Vogue This Year
Washington, DC –Adult consumers can order just about any kind of specialty coffee drink from a Caramel Macchiato to a Turtle Mocha. And inspired bartenders are tapping into this java craze with new signature coffee cocktails. From Espresso Martinis garnished with fresh coffee beans to a more exotic Spanish Inquisition, mixologists have expanded up their cocktail menus to no longer just feature the once dominant Irish Coffee. “We are seeing a new twist on the traditional coffee drinks that have been available at restaurants and bars forever. “It was just a matter of time before mixologists started experimenting with creative coffee cocktails,” said Shawn Kelley, Distilled Spirits Council Director of Public Relations. Both hot and cold coffee cocktail creations are being mixed up for adult customers across the country. For those looking to warm their bones, one could try the Café Brûlot from the famous Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans. The Tiramisu cocktail, however, is more likely to appeal to those seeking a chilled drink. “Coffee cocktails have become quite popular,” said Bruno Venini, bartender at Grillfish Restaurant. “They’re great on their own or served with dessert.” Whatever your mood, you’re likely to find a bar or restaurant serving something delightful to satisfy your taste. Coffee Cocktail Recipes: Espresso Martini Afterwords Café, Washington D.C. (www.kramer.com) ½ oz. Vanilla flavored vodka ½ oz. Coffee flavored liqueur ½ oz. Frangelica 4.5 oz Espresso Coffee Combine ingredients with ice and shake in shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with three espresso beans. Spanish Inquisition Grillfish- Washington, DC (www.grillfishdc.com) 6 oz Coffee ¾ oz almond flavored liqueur 1 oz coffee Liqueur Combine ingredients in latte glass and stir. Top with whipped cream. Café Brûlot Adapted from Brennan’s – New Orleans, LA (www.brennansneworleans.com) ½ cinnamon stick 2 whole cloves 1 orange twist 1 lemon twist 2 tsp sugar 1 cups coffee (best made with chicory coffee) 1 oz. brandy 2 tablespoons Triple Sec 1. Break cinnamon stick into pieces and put it with cloves into a large tea infuser, or tie up in a small piece of cheesecloth. Set aside. 2. Heat orange and lemon twists with sugar in a medium saucepan over low heat 1 minute. Add coffee and infuser with spices. Stir in brandy and Triple Sec; steep mixture on low heat 15 minutes. 3. Serve in demitasse cups Chef’s Tip: Caution: always add coffee before stirring in brandy and Triple Sec. Tiramisu Veritable Quandary , Portland, OR (www.veritablequandary.com) 1 oz. coffee flavored liqueur 1/2 oz. Rum 1 shot of espresso Shake with ice, strain Pour into glass of choice, martini or other glass with stem preferred Garnish with whipped cream. Café Cocktail Adapted from Dave Wondrich, Esquire Drinks Stir well with cracked ice: 3/4 oz cognac 3/4 oz crème de cacao (brown or white) 2 oz Black coffee 1 teaspoon superfine (bar) sugar Strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of lemon peel. NOTE TO EDITORS: Please check venues in your area to localize your story. Distilled Spirits Council of the United States The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States is a national trade association representing the leading brands of distilled spirits. Council member products include the full spectrum of quality distilled spirits such as Bourbon, Scotch and other whiskeys, vodka, gin, tequila, rum, brandy, cordials and liqueurs. The distillers take special pride in their products as well as in their commitment to encourage responsible beverage alcohol consumption by adults who choose to drink distilled spirits. If you choose to drink, be sure to consume sensibly and responsibly. Part of drinking responsibly is knowing that alcohol is alcohol. 12 oz. of regular beer, 5 oz. wine and 1.5 oz. of 80 proof distilled spirits contain the same amount of alcohol. For more information on alcohol equivalence, go to www.standarddrinks.com.