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International Coffee Day 2023: Coffee Cocktails That Are a Must Try

White Russian

Celebrate International Coffee Day on 1st October with flair by becoming your own barista and bartender. Treat yourself to a selection of delectable coffee-based drinks that will add a lively twist to your happy hour. From classic espresso martinis to unusual coffee-infused cocktails, these beverages offer the perfect blend of caffeine and spirits to awaken your senses and elevate your celebration. So, toast to the rich and aromatic world of coffee, and enjoy a caffeinated toast to this special day, creating a harmonious union of your favourite brews and alcoholic delights.

Espresso Martini 

Celebrate International Coffee Day in style with an Espresso Martini. This rejuvenating martini blends freshly brewed espresso, coffee liqueur, and simple syrup. To preserve the rich coffee flavour, ensure your espresso cools slightly in the fridge before mixing, preventing it from diluting the drink with melted ice. Creating a chilled, revitalizing cocktail that perfectly marries the boldness of espresso with the sweet allure of coffee liqueur, offering a delightful way to savour the essence of coffee on this special day.

Recipe 

Ingredients

  • 44 ml vodka
  • 30 ml espresso
  • 15 ml coffee liqueur
  • 15 ml simple syrup

Method :

Put everything into a cocktail shaker full of ice and give it a 1 minute good shaking time, or more if you want your drinks extra foamy. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Sprinkle with cinnamon or cocoa powder as a finishing touch.

Coffee Old Fashioned 

On International Coffee Day, indulge in the classic charm of an Old Fashioned cocktail. Known for its simplicity with just three main ingredients, sugar, bitters, and liquor, this cocktail offers endless opportunities for creative adaptations. In this variation, the traditional recipe is infused with the robust essence of coffee. Served over a large, pristine ice cube and garnished with a burst of orange oils, the coffee Old Fashioned is a sophisticated, smooth, and slightly boozy concoction, providing both an easy preparation and a delightful sipping experience.

Recipe 

Ingredients

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 4 dashes orange Angostura bitters
  • 44 ml Bourbon
  • 15ml dark rum
  • Turkish Coffee, chilled or at room temperature
  • Orange twist, for garnish

Method :

 A sugar cube, 1 teaspoon of water, and a dash of bitters should be mixed together and stirred quickly in a cocktail glass until the sugar has dissolved. Throw some ice into a shaker and pour in some Bourbon, rum, Turkish coffee, and simple syrup. Combine ingredients by stirring softly.Using one large ice cube, pour into a rocks glass, then top with an orange twist.

Irish Coffee 

Relish a chilled take on the classic Irish coffee with Irish Iced Coffee. This delightful beverage combines the rich flavours of coffee with the warmth of Irish whiskey and a touch of sweetness. To keep it cool without dilution, serve it over coffee ice cubes, ensuring your last sip is as enjoyable as the first. It's a refreshing twist on a beloved classic, perfect for celebrating the day with a caffeinated kick.

Recipe 

Ingredients

  • 118 ml strong coffee, chilled
  • 1 tbsp simple syrup
  • 44 ml Irish whiskey
  • 29 ml heavy cream

Method :

 In a cocktail shaker packed with ice, combine the coffee, simple syrup, whisky and cream. Shake for 30 seconds until very cold, then strain into a pint glass filled with ice and top with whipped cream (optional).

White Russian 

Whip up the timeless classic, the White Russian. A must-know for any home bartender, this cocktail is a creamy, coffee-infused delight. The recipe is wonderfully simple, allowing room for experimentation. Consider enhancing the flavour with a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, or even a touch of pumpkin spice for a delightful twist on this beloved classic.

Recipe 

Ingredients

  • 59 ml vodka
  • 30 ml Kahlúa
  • 30 ml heavy cream

Method : 

Put ice cubes in a cocktail glass, ideally rocks or Old-Fashioned glass. The vodka and Kahla should be poured over the ice. Add the heavy cream over top and mix thoroughly. Enjoy

Boozy Cold Brew Slushie 

Boozy Cold Brew Slush is sure to please cold brew enthusiasts. It's a frosty, caffeinated delight with a velvety, milkshake-like texture. For those who prefer less caffeine later in the day, decaf cold brew concentrate can be used. To maintain the rich coffee flavour without dilution, the recipe incorporates cold brew ice cubes—a perfect choice for sipping during summers.

Recipe 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cold brew coffee, divided
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup Irish Cream, such as Bailey's
  • ¼ cup vodka
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream, for garnish (optional)

Method : 

Prepare ice cubes by pouring 2 ½ cups cold brew coffee into ice cube trays and freezing them for at least three hours. Pour the remaining ½ cup of cold brew, milk, Irish cream, vodka, vanilla, and frozen coffee ice cubes into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Create a slushie and divide it between 4 glasses. Adding toppings like cinnamon, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream is entirely up to you.