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Coffee lovers are in their element when it comes to cocktails as the recipes are at least as multiple and diverse as there are varieties of coffee. Better yet, they often don't feel as though you're drinking a cocktail, just a reassuring hot cup of coffee.

 

 

Vodka Espresso

Invented by legendary mixologist Dick Bradsell.  Into a shaker two thirds filled with ice add a large (60ml) shot of vodka, a small (30ml) shot and a half of fresh espresso coffee (or very strong filter coffee), 2 dashes of sugar syrup and a dash of coffee liqueur (Toussant or Kahlua). Shake and strain into a Martini glass, then decorate with three coffee beans.

 

Mudslide

Not terribly sophisticated, but still quite tasty. Into a shaker two thirds filled with ice, add a small (30ml) shot of each of the following - vodka, Kahlua and Baileys. Shake and strain into a Martini glass.

 

B52

A popular shooter on nights out, this is a great way to start a party. Pour equal measures of the following ingredients into a large shot glass over the back of a spoon, in this order - Kahlua, Baileys, Grand Marnier.

 

South of the Border

A coffee cocktail Mexican style. Into a shaker two thirds filled with ice, add a large (60ml) shot of tequila, a small (30ml) shot and a half of Kahlua, a small shot of fresh lime juice, two dashes of sugar syrup and a dash of egg white. Shake very thoroughly and strain into a Martini glass.

 

Dr Zeus

A cocktail fit for a king of the gods. Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice and add a small shot of Fernet Branca. Separately, muddle a small handful of raisins in a shaker, half fill the shaker with ice, and add a large (60ml) shot of Cognac, a dash of sugar syrup, a dash of Kahlua and a dash of orange bitters. Empty the Old Fashioned glass. Now shake the contents of the shaker, and strain into the glass.

 

Toasted Almond

Into a shaker two thirds filled with ice add a small (30ml) shot of amaretto, a small shot of Kahlua and a small shot and a half of single cream. Shake well, then strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass.

 

Shamrock Express

Into a shaker two thirds filled with ice add a small shot and a half of cold but fresh espresso coffee (or strong filter coffee), half a small shot of vodka, a small shot of Baileys, a small shot of butterscotch schnapps and a dash of sugar syrup. Shake thoroughly and strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass.

 

Irish Coffee

A potent concoction invented at Shannon airport in the 1940s at a time when it was a major hub for transatlantic flying boat flights. In 1943 a flying boat took off, encountered a vicious storm and turned back. The weather grew worse however, so upon landing the passengers were ushered back into the terminal building. Legend has it that the on-duty chef threw some cream, sugar and Irish Whiskey together to comfort the passengers. When asked by one of the passengers if it was Brazilian coffee, he replied, No, that's Irish Coffee.

 

To make an Irish Coffee, you'll need a large (60 ml) shot of Irish whiskey, two teaspoons of light brown sugar, some whipped cream and some hot filter coffee. Rinse the glass with boiling water, then mix the coffee, whiskey and sugar. Carefully spoon the cream on top of the mixture, without mixing it. The idea is to drink the coffee through the cream.

 

IVF Martini

Into a shaker two thirds filled with ice add a small (30 ml) shot of absinthe, a small shot of Kahlua, and a large (60 ml) shot of cold (but fresh) espresso (or filter coffee). Shake and strain into a Martini glass, then float a small shot of single cream on top. Garnish with three coffee beans.

 

Brazilian Coffee

Into a blender add the following - a small (30 ml) shot of Cachaca, a small shot of single cream, half a small shot of sugar syrup and a large shot of fresh espresso coffee (or filter coffee). Add a small handful of ice, blend and pour into a toddy glass.

 

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