Bourbon Coffee Cocktail

Since it’s Friday and you’ve got the weekend on the brain, I figured now is as good a time as any to share my new favorite cocktail. Heck, you may have gotten today off for the 4th of July so you’re already boozin at 8 AM while everyone else is sippin their coffee. If that’s the case, this drink is for you…because it’s booze AND coffee.

I spoke to my mom while she was driving back from a week at the beach and she couldn’t stop raving about a drink my sister in law made the group. I texted Allison and learned she and my brother are drinking this every weekend. She convinced me it was super easy and I would likely be obsessed too. It’s 2 parts [cold] coffee to 1 part bourbon. Then add in a splash of Triple Sec and a splash of maple syrup (less that .5 parts each) and shake or stir. Pour over ice and add cream to taste.

The important thing to note is that this recipe can be tweaked based on what you’ve got in the house. The original calls for cold brew, but I simply made a pot in my French press and stuck it in the fridge. Tasted great. If you don’t have heavy cream lying around, half and half is great (or, honestly, whatever creamer you’d normally put in your iced coffee. And if you don’t have maple syrup, agave or simple syrup works too.

This drink makes the case for preparing extra coffee and sticking some in the fridge. It was so so good. I had quite a few last weekend and was amazed by how complex it tasted for being such a simple drink to prepare. That’s a good thing because it means you can easily impress your guests, and I imagine this would be a perfect summer take on an after dinner drink as you retire to the library…or, since it’s summer, the screen porch.