There’s no better way to chill out than by grabbing a cold one—an ice-cold, booze-spiked coffee cocktail, that is. Kickstart your night with one of these electrifying new drinks at bars around the U.S., or mix up your own version at home.
Talk Amongst Yourselves at Barrelhouse Flat, Chicago
The Talk Amongst Yourselves at Barrelhouse Flat in Chicago gets its name from Mike Myers's iconic Saturday Night Live skit, "Coffee Talk." Bartender Mark Brinker, who invented the drink, combines coffee, Italian liqueur, French cognac, port and bourbon, and finishes it off with coffee mix-ins: sugar, cream, sweetened condensed milk and cinnamon syrup. Photo by Daniel Perzan.
Fair Trade at Heartwood Provisions, Seattle
The Fair Trade cocktail at Heartwood Provisions in Seattle delivers a potent combination of coffee bean-infused mezcal, ruby port, Italian herbal liqueur and chocolate-flavored liqueur. You'll need some food to soak up all that booze: May we suggest the Wagyu-braised oxtail, or a house burger with horseradish aioli, pickled onion and Gruyere. Photo courtesy of Heartwood Provisions.
Beny Moré at El Tucan, Miami
Celebs like Will Smith and Karolina Kurkova have passed through the doors of El Tucan in Miami, a modern take on a 1940s Havana supper club, for its Latin-inspired cuisine, live entertainment and standout drinks. Our favorite? The Beny Moré, made with concentrated bitters spiked with Cuban-style rum and gently swirled in a coffee reduction. Photo courtesy of El Tucan.
Cafe Millonario at Sushisamba, New York City
Sushisamba in New York City has carved out its own niche with its unusual Japanese-Brazilian menu, but its cocktails—like the Cafe Millonario espresso martini—deserve their own spotlight. Coffee-washed dark rum gets shaken (not stirred) with spiced maple syrup, dark chocolate liquor and a shot of espresso. Don’t be surprised to see a familiar face in the crowd. Demi Lovato, Daniel Radcliffe, Sam Smith, Britney Spears and the Kardashian sisters have all stopped in. Photo courtesy of Sushisamba.
But First, Coffee at Toca Madera, Los Angeles
The But First, Coffee at Toca Madera is arguably the best-named of the bunch (although you'll want to make sure you've eaten something first before you dive in). The powerful drink is made with vanilla-infused tequila, cold-brewed coffee and Mexican liqueur, and it's finished off with a dash of cinnamon to keep that tingly feeling going on and on. Photo courtesy of Toca Madera Instagram.
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