"Coffee itself has changed. The coffee that people drink now is very different in comparison from that of 10 or 20 years ago. As coffee has exploded so has its role in mixology," explains Tom Baker, Co-Founder, Mr Black. "When we started Mr Black six years ago, not much was happening in that space. Now, most bars see the importance of a modern coffee cocktail on their menu."
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"Up until recently, there hadn"t been many good coffee liqueurs for bartenders and consumers to work with," he continues. "Since the start of Mr Black five years ago, we saw the dual rise of coffee culture and craft distilling, and it’s really culminating now with the incredible coffee cocktails being offered at top venues worldwide. When a product is made well, it naturally follows that there are better-tasting coffee cocktails as it allows bartenders to really explore quality flavors."
We rounded up five of our favorite coffee liqueur cocktails for you to enjoy right at home, whenever you need a jolt of caffeine or a reason to cheers!
Espresso Martiki Mr Black
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"People tend to avoid sweeter drinks during hot days and look for a more refreshing and drier style of beverage. Thus Mr Black fits perfectly for any kind of summer style spritz drink and, of course, make your aperitivo hours a bit longer with a caffeine kick," says Martin Hudak, Global Coffee Ambassador, Mr Black. "The Espresso Martiki is a creation from years ago back at The Savoy where I wanted to implement more of a tropical approach to the classic Espresso Martini. Since then, everywhere I travel, I place this drink on the menu and it’s a big success. People love tropical flavors."
Espresso Martiki1/3 oz Mr Black 1 1/4 oz Dark rum 1/2 ozOrgeat syrup 1 oz Fresh pineapple juice 1 oz espresso
Shake and strain into a coupette. Garnish with edible flowers.
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“Cold brew is having a moment right now,”says Melanie Batchelor, Vice President of Marketing, Campari America. “So it’s only fitting we’d bring the authentic taste of this new American staple through the cocktail SKYY was invented to perfect–the Martini! The subtle savory yet refreshing taste of our Cold Brew Martini makes it perfect for brunch, or cooling down on hot summer days, without the overpoweringly sweet or fruity flavors of traditional summer cocktails.”
Cold Brew Martini
Ingredients:One-part SKYY InfusionsColdBrew One-part Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur One-part Coconut Water
Shake with ice in a mixing tin and strain into amartiniglass.
Black Hjerte Cherry Bomb Black Hjerte Coffee Liqueur
"Black HjerteCoffeeLiqueur tastes delicious over ice.But when added to this Cherry Bomb Cocktail recipe, it screams summertime," says Bryan Ray Turcotte, Creator ofBlackHjerte."So refreshing and delicious in fact, that it may even go down a bit too easy.With Just the right amount ofcoffeeflavor coming through and subtle cherry notes on top, it"s sure to take that summer pool party to the next level of fun!"
Black Hjerte Cherry Bomb Recipe
Ingredients:3 oz Black HjerteCoffeeLiqueur 1 1/2 oz Jack Daniels 1 oz Grenadine Coca Cola Fresh Cherries
Add Black Hjerte, Jack Daniels and Grenadine to a shaker filled with ice.Shake well. Strain into a high ball glass with ice cubes.Top with Coca-Cola. Stir well. Garnish with fresh cherries and serve.
Patrón XO Cafe
Baja Frappe Patron
“We are for sure seeing a boom in the use ofcoffeein cocktails in so many different ways. And that’s why I love to use Patron XO Cafe, as it’s so versatile in a range of different styles of drinks," Stephen Halpin, Manager of Trade Education and Mixology at Patron. "I’m a huge fan of delicious frozencoffeedrinks so the Baja Frappé is my “go to” cocktail to enjoy all summer long.”
Ingredients:5 oz Patrón Reposado 2 oz Patrón XO Cafe 5 oz Fresh brewedcoffee 2 1/2 oz Whole milk Whipped cream Chocolate shavings Coffeebeans
Combine all ingredients into blender with ice. Blend until smooth. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream,coffeebeans and chocolate shavings.
Kahlúa Cold Brew Soda Kahlúa
“Kahlúa continues to be a staple in our consumer’s bar carts and with the rise of cold brew, fans are finding new ways to enjoy this Mexicancoffeerum," Troy Gorczyca, Brand Director, Kahlúa. We’ve seen some new refreshing cocktails like the Cold Brew Soda and Kahlúa Cold Brew gaining popularity this summer, showcasing the brand’s versatility."
Kahlúa Cold Brew Soda
Ingredients:1 1/2 Parts Kahlúa 1 1/2 Parts cold brew 3 1/2 Parts soda
For this recipe, you"ll need an old jar (or a new one that looks like an old one), or a glass. Fill it up with ice. Add Kahlúa and cold brew and stir. Top off with soda. Garnish with lemon or orange wheels.
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