Under ordinary circumstances, your morning cup of joe and your after-work tipple generally don't meet. But sometimes the spirit just grabs you, and you end up making exceptions.
A coffee cocktail is where these two storied beverages intersect, and this is definitely a case of the sum being greater than either of its parts. (That's not to mention the caffeine buzz.) In fact, these concoctions are the only type of "energy drink" we recommend.
So, here are five of our favorite caffeinated cocktails. Check them out and then get to mixing. Cheers!
We’re not quite sure why this creation is called a Martini, but for the sake of mixological peace, we can look past the name. The drink depends heavily on the quality of your beans, so treat yourself to some truly high-end java.View recipe: Kahlua Espresso Martini
So there we were, stuck in the Jakobshorn cable car above Davos, swaying in the wind while the Alps turned to glass in the sunset. Thankfully, trusty Klaus had brought along a Thermos of Grand Coffee, making us feel warm and comfortable.* *OK, so maybe it wasn't Davos. Maybe it was our friend Jerry's balcony, but that's the transportive power of this citrusy cocktail. Homemade brown sugar syrup and generous amounts of real whipped cream are the way to make this one truly memorable.View recipe: Grand Coffee
Named for the harsh brewing method employed by itinerant ranch-hands, this little slip of a whiskey cocktail is determined to bring a touch of class to your home on the range -- it's even served in a Champagne flute! Just as in the original, this drink makes use of crushed coffee beans, which are shaken with ice, Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey, Demerara syrup and a dash or two of bitters. Strain it into a flute, garnish with a bean and enjoy.View recipe: Cowboy Coffee
These days, layered shooters aren't usually considered classy, but this rich, creamy concoction is something altogether different. We think that it is best enjoyed as an after-dinner treat, a sophisticated dessert unto itself. Use a spoon to carefully layer the Galliano, espresso and heavy cream in that order. The desired effect is a cappuccino atop a radiant sunrise.View recipe: Hot Shot
We couldn't possibly create a coffee-cocktail gallery without including this archetypal java-and-liquor combo. But it's actually harder to make than it looks. So, follow the expert advice of Liquor.com advisory board member and all-star bartender Dale DeGroff: Lightly whip unsweetened cream, go easy on the whiskey and fix the drink in a small glass.View recipe: Irish Coffee
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