Chances are by now you’ve heard of the Espresso Martini cocktail; it’s becoming quite a popular drink on the scene and as we approach the winter months people tend to look for drinks that they are more likely to associate with the warmth. Coffee based cocktails are a great addition to any menu and can be served all year round but if you’re looking at something to pull people in now that they can’t use your beer garden it’s a great way to go. Another good reason to serve these it that it’s an excellent pick-me-up to start the night, imagine you’re finishing work on a Friday, you want to celebrate but you feel absolutely beat, a coffee cocktail could be just what you need to get back up on your feet again. Plus, it’s far more trusted than energy drinks are in today’s market. So, in hopes to inspire, here are a few coffees based cocktails you can add to your menu.
Likely the most common of coffee cocktails but that’s with good reason, it’s absolutely divine. It’s a blend of (you guessed it) Martini and Espresso. If you really want to make this drink interesting why not add a touch of Irish cream that’ll give you a smooth finish and make some ice cubes using coffee? As they melt in the drink, rather than diluting the flavour they’ll actually intensify it. This means not only will your drink be colder but stronger too.
Dark & Stormy Coffee
No better way to address the brisk weather than with a Dark & Stormy Coffee. This drink is made in pretty much the same way as a dark and stormy, using spiced rum and ginger ale only with this you add a punchy shot of coffee to the mix. Smooth, spicy and strong, it’s a cocktail that you perhaps wouldn’t think to make but just like a real storm, once you’re in the midst of it, there is no turning back.
The Coffee Negroni
The Negroni cocktail is well known as being something of an afternoon lift, making it a perfect base for the addition of coffee. It contains the currently popular ingredients of dry gin and Campari bitter, add a measure of Columbian blend coffee and you’ll have yourself a cocktail that is actually remarkably rounded with a fine clean and crisp flavour that will pick you up out of any slump.
Going out with a bang, we have the Mont Blanc-tini and just a heads up, this one will require a bit of prep but it is certainly worth it for the end product. First of all, take some martini and mix it with your espresso, that’ll be the ‘tini’ part of the drink. Now top that off with some rich, piped meringue for the Mont Blanc, in order to make it extra wintery take a blowtorch to the meringue and add a cherry on top. It’s both decadent and festively fun and your customers will love it.