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It was only a matter of time before cold brew coffee became the main ingredient in signature cocktails. As trendy bars and restaurants around the country install taps to dispense this summer’s trendiest coffee variant – nitro coffee, cold-brewed and infused with nitrogen for a velvety pour – it was inevitable that many of them would start concocting potent (and very caffeinated) potables with their new ingredient. A couple of weeks back, Zagat, the nationally known restaurant review site that’s now owned by Google, posted a list of cold brew coffee cocktails being served as some of the trendiest restaurants in LA. We’re going one better – we’re sharing their list along with suggestions to make these cold-brew cocktails your own, and adding a few favorite cold brew coffee cocktails of our own.
First, here’s Zagat’s list of trendy coffee cocktails from favorite LA eateries:
Venue: Love & Salt
Ingredients: Bourbon, amaro Nonino, cold-brew coffee and cream
Notes: Skimp on the bourbon if you must, but there’s no substitution for the amaro Nonino. The secret Nonino family recipe produces an amaro that’s like no other, infused with mountain herbs and the slightest hint of honey. Mix the first three ingredients in a chilled glass and float the cream on top just before serving.
Cocktail: Spiked Coffee
Venue: Barrel Down
Ingredients: Cold brew coffee mixed with vodka, cream and vanilla beans
Notes: Mix the cold-brew with vodka, cream and vanilla and pour over cracked ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well, strain into a glass and serve the frothy confection alongside your favorite brunch treat.
Cocktail: Cufflink Flip
Venue: LA Chapter
Ingredients: Rye whiskey, cold-brew coffee, apricot brandy, orange citrate and an egg
Notes: If you’ve never had an egg flip, this one will definitely open your eyes to a new kind of drink. They’re smooth and creamy and go down like holiday eggnog. The proper proportions for a respectable flip are 1:1:1 for the whiskey, coffee and brandy. The orange citrate adds citrus tang and helps the frothing along. Mix all of the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker over crushed eyes and shake until thick and creamy. Strain it into a glass and enjoy.
Cocktail: But First, Coffee
Venue: Toca Madera
Ingredients: Vanilla tequila, nitro brew coffee and Cafe Lolita
Notes: If you can’t get your hands on Cafe Lolita – a Mexican chocolate liqueur – you can substitute creme de cacao and a dash of cinnamon. Simply add the liquors to chilled nitro brew coffee – you can buy Stumptown Nitro Brew in a bottle, and serve.
Cocktail: Cafe Amer
Ingredients: Amaro, sweet vermouth, coldbrew coffee and cinnamon
Notes:Amaro is a popular addition to cold brew cocktails. Its bittersweet edge compliments the smooth richness of the chilled, nitro infused coffee perfectly. Shake the liquid ingredients with cracked ice, strain into a glass and top with a sprinkle of fresh cinnamon.
Cocktail: The Night Shift
Venue: The Tasting Kitchen
Ingredients: Cold brew coffee, bourbon and milk
Notes: Shake equal measures of cold brew coffee, bourbon and milk with ice in a cocktail shaker, strain into a glass and enjoy.
Cocktail: Home Opener
Source: Slingshot Coffee
Ingredients: 2 oz. Cold brew coffee, 1 oz. cherry-infused simple syrup, 1 oz. Irish whiskey
Notes: Slingshot is a bottled cold-brew coffee concentrate. You can make your own at home if preferred or if you can’t get a Slingshot. For simple syrup, heat equal parts of sugar and water until the sugar is complete dissolved. For cherry-infused simple syrup, crush 1/4 pound of cherries and pour a cup of water over them. Bring it to a simmer, turn off the heat and let the cherries stand for at least an hour, until the water cools. Pour off the water, measuring out 1 cup, and proceed with the directions for simple syrup.
Cocktail: Cold-Brew Martine
Ingredients: 1 oz. cold brew coffee, 1 1/2 oz. vodka, 1 1/2 oz. coffee brandy, 1 1/2 oz. creme de cacao
Notes: Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake well and strain into a martini glass.
Cocktail: Iced Cappuccino
Source: Talk About Coffee
Ingredients: 1/2 cup cold-brew coffee, 1/2 cup cream, 1/4 cup amaretto, 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
Notes: Whirl all of the ingredients in a blender. Top with whipped cream if desired.
Cocktail: Mexicali Dream
Source: Talk About Coffee
Ingredients: 2 oz. cold-brew coffee, 1 oz. cream, 1 oz. chocolate liqueur, 1 oz. Tia Maria liqueur, 1 oz. vodka, chocolate syrup
Notes: Pour the ingredients, except the chocolate syrup, into a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake until well-mixed and frothy. Trail chocolate syrup in a design on the inside of the glass. Strain the drink into the prepared glass.