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The best coffee cocktails (that aren’t Espresso Martinis…)

Looking for cocktails with a kick? We spill the beans on the best caffeinated concoctions

The chances are that your daily routine is fuelled by coffee. Black gold runs through our lives from the Monday morning commute to the hastily-grabbed coffee cup before a midweek meeting. And, by Friday, you’ll likely be consuming so much Starbucks that you may as well be hooked up to a drip of the stuff. Working weeks are long – so thank god we’ve got these roasted, ground, sent-from-heaven cups of goodness to see us through.

But, by the time you punch out on Friday night, ready to forget about work for a blissful 48 hours, you’ll likely be ready for a rest. A night out to a bar to meet your friends may have appealed when you made the plans earlier in the week, but now you’re just too exhausted to even think about it. Don’t throw in the towel and make a beeline for your bed, however. Instead, just reach for your old friend coffee – who can be as fun on a Friday night as it is helpful on a Monday morning.

Gentleman’s Journal have rounded up the best coffee-based cocktails to give you night out the kick it so desperately needs, with recipes from coffee roasters and spirit brands alike. So, if you’re feeling jaded – and are tired of the over-poured Espresso Martini – these are the most exciting and energising coffee cocktails you can mix…

The Coffee Negroni

The best coffee cocktails (that aren’t Espresso Martinis…)

The Negroni cocktail, a beverage famous for being an afternoon pick-me-up, has been given a shake-up by Caravan Coffee Roasters with the addition of their delicious single origin Columbian coffee syrup. Citrus forward London dry style gin and Campari Italian bitter are blended in equal measure with this kick of coffee to produce a remarkably rounded and clean flavoured cocktail.

Ingredients and method

  • Add the ingredients to a mixing glass half-filled with ice.
  • Stir for 5-10 seconds, then strain over a fresh, ice filled tumbler.
  • Add a freshly-cut slice of orange to garnish the side of the glass.

The Tiramisu Martini

The best coffee cocktails (that aren’t Espresso Martinis…)

I know, we said no Espresso Martinis. But this technically isn’t another done-to-death cocktail, and rather a new and delicious spin on an existing idea. Created by Conker Spirit, whose Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur is made using the finest Dorset Roasted speciality coffees and distilled British wheat spirit, this introduces a chocolate flavour into the coffee mix. An alternative for those with a sweet tooth, it’s smooth, seductive – and very, very sophisticated.

Ingredients and method

  • Shake the Conker Cold Brew, Vodka and syrup over ice.
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass, and float single cream on top.
  • Dust with coco power to finish, and serve.

The Belvedere Espress

The best coffee cocktails (that aren’t Espresso Martinis…)

Created by Vodka giants Belvedere, the Espress is the natural evolution of the Espresso Martini, “more a pick me up conceived to be consumed like an espresso in Milan or Spain.” Mixed by Martin Hudak for the new Cafe Belvedere – a Milan-style espresso bar landing next week at 15 Bateman Street, Soho – the idea was to bring more of the classic coffee-drinking culture into the world of caffeinated cocktails.

Ingredients and method

  • Add the vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso shot to an ice filled shaker.
  • Mix well for around 30 seconds until thoroughly chilled.
  • Fine strain into a syphon, and serve into espresso cups.

Looking for another coffee-based cocktail to try your hand at? Why not mix up a (wrongly) much-maligned White Russian?

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