Mixing coffee and booze is, for some strange reason, a confounding concept to many people. To them, coffee solely belongs to AM hours. It peps you up, and greets the daylight. In this worldview, cocktails occupy the opposite side of the spectrum – serving to wind you down and greet the evening. Never, ever should the two mingle... except in great aunt Barbara’s Irish coffee on weekends and holidays.
Hooey. The more imaginative person considers how nicely coffee and booze play together from a flavor standpoint. Or, they respect that the combination is acceptable most any time of day. Brunch? Yes. Nightcap? Also yes.
Local coffee joint Brewed Awakenings now joins that more imaginative class. This past summer they acquired a full liquor license and developed a tailored list of coffee-based “adult drinks” to serve alongside the drip coffees, espressos, lattes and cappuccinos they were already prized for. The engineer of that list was manager Bob Woodstock, who happens to be a 30-year veteran of the bartending trade, and competed in bartending throwdowns from Dallas to Taiwan.
Try their Nose Warmer on for size as the chill in the air sharpens. Its effect is exactly as advertised, and good from noon to night.
The Nose Warmer
From a mixology perspective, the ratios here are as easy as can be – and that’s a beautiful thing. All the liqueurs are in equal parts, and then the coffee, whipped cream and cinnamon are all to taste. You can freehand this cocktail in seconds, radically narrowing the distance between chilly misery and warmed-up bliss.
½ oz Tia Maria liqueur
½ oz Grand Marnier
½ oz Frangelico
½ oz dark creme de cacao liqueur
Hot brewed coffee
Dash of cinnamon
Put the liqueurs in a serving mug or tempered-glass vessel, add hot brewed coffee and stir. Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.
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