Coffee Mixology: A Primer

on 09/09/10 at 10:23 pm

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Alcohol and coffee

Coffee and alcohol play great together in cocktails. Unflavored vodka’s neutrality and absence of taste make it an especially welcome companion. Rum and whisky each make good complements, as do Baileys, other coffee liqueurs, and Amaretto di Saronno.

Really, most distillates and other liquors can make good friends with coffee. You’ll want to avoid anything derived from wine, like vermouth, and very fruity, sweet liqueurs like crème de cassis. Orange-based liqueurs like Cointreau or Grand Marnier can be used, but with care. The only one true enemy of coffee’s taste is gin. Its herbal properties are at odds with coffee’s chocolate and other key components.

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