Though not the kind of Martini James Bond likes to sip, this post-dinner pick me up has become a bit of a classic in modern times. Mix one shot of espresso, 25ml Kahlúa and 50ml vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with coffee beans.
Dark & Stormy Coffee Cocktail
If you fancy something a bit more refreshing, this twist on a summertime favourite will quench both your thirst and your fatigue. Fill a highball glass with ice and pour in 25ml of dark rum and 25ml tequila. Stir then top with ginger beer, before slowly pouring in 2tbsp of espresso.
For those with a sweet tooth, the mudslide sits somewhere between a cocktail and a dessert. Deeply decadent and creamy, you simply blend 25ml each of vodka, Baileys Irish Cream, espresso and fresh cream or milk in a blender with ice. Pour your drink into a glass and top with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Definitely worth the calories!
The ideal digestif on winter nights, Irish coffee is a warming, hearty treat. Prepare a warmed glass mug and pour in 25ml of Irish whiskey, then dissolve a teaspoon of brown sugar in the liquor. Add two freshly brewed espressos, and a dashing boiling water. Finally, pour slightly whipped, and very cold, single cream over the back of the spoon so its sits gently on the surface. Your coffee ought to look a bit like a Guinness, and taste like hot boozy coffee breaking out through a layer of rich cream. Heaven.
Coffee Old Fashioned
Not for the faint-hearted, this punchy and invigorating aperitif is a fine way to start an evening. Combine a double espresso, 25ml of bourbon, 14ml of sugar syrup, and a dash of bitters in a shaker with ice. Stir with a bar spoon for 30 seconds and strain into a tumbler filled with ice. Garnish with lemon peel.
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