OK – here’s the scoop. If you need a little something to “perk” you up, you’re in luck. According to a Democrat & Chronicle article published on Sept. 27, a beloved beverage holiday is almost here and Americans are in the mood to celebrate! Get ready to raise your coffee mugs, America. It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee. Hip hip hooray – Sept. 29 is National Coffee Day in the U.S.A!
Whether you prefer yours steamin’ hot or ice-cold, caffeine or caffeine-free, Americans sure love coffee. According to a recent NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto survey, nearly 60 percent of coffee drinkers couldn’t imagine going through at least one life experience like a new job, moving, having a baby, getting hitched or heading off to college, without coffee. And 55 percent of coffee-drinking parents said they may just have to “borrow” money from their kids’ allowance if that was the only way they could have a cuppa Joe! An earlier survey by Wakefield Researched revealed that Americans spend about seven minutes a day waiting in line for coffee and spend about $400 a year on those tasty specialty coffee drinks.
Whether you need a little pick-me-up or a jolt of caffeine to kick off your day, National Coffee Day celebrates a classic beverage Americans love to drink. In honor of National Coffee Day, why not celebrate with one or two delicious coffee-inspired cocktails listed below?
National Coffee Day Cocktails
Espresso Martini – Talk about a kick! This delicious drink calls for Kahlua, Absolut Vodka and espresso. Combine in cocktail shaker with ice, shake and strain into a martini glass. Simple to make, delicious to drink. Bottom’s up.
Espresso Martini – Here’s another version of the popular drink. This top-rated recipe, from the Drinks Mixer, calls for cold espresso, Absolut vodka, Kahlua and white crème de cacao. Pour everything into a shaker filled with ice, shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. (The drink should be nice and frothy.)
Siciliano – This top-rated recipe, from Bon Appetit, is a perfect after-dinner drink. You’ll need sweet vermouth, amaro, strong cold-brew coffee, simple syrup, club soda and an orange wheel for garnish. Mix all ingredients except for club soda, in a tumbler. Add ice and top off with the soda. Add the orange wheel as garnish and enjoy.
Shoeless Joe – Slip your shoes off for this one. This five-star recipe, from Bon Appetit, calls for black cherry simple syrup, unsweetened black cherry juice, sugar, strong cold-brew coffee, cola, club soda and lime wedges for garnish. You can make the syrup a week ahead of time, by the way.
Chocolate Mocha Latte – This recipe covers all your major “food groups– milk, chocolate, coffee and Kahlua! This rich and decadent drink is guaranteed to hit all the right spots! You’ll need espresso, skim milk, light chocolate syrup and Kahlua. Combine everything in a glass filled with ice, stir and sip.
Haute & Steamy – Fair warning – this decadent drink is to die for! You’ll need Godiva Chocolate Infused Vodka, coffee, whipped cream and caramel sauce. It’s time to live and little. Enjoy!
Coffee with Baileys and Frangelico – Now we’re talking! This amazing drink calls for whipping cream, sugar, Frangelico (or hazelnut liqueur), Bailey’s Original Irish Cream and fresh brewed strong hot coffee. Oh – and one more thing. You’ll need a mixer for this drink.
Dublin Iced Coffee – If an ice-cold brew sounds good to you, check out this recipe. You’ll need strong cold-brew coffee, stout, Irish whiskey, simple syrup, heavy cream and grated cinnamon stick. Mix first four ingredients in a highball glass. Add ice and slowly pour in cream. Sprinkle with freshly grated cinnamon.
Tiramisu Tippers – This drink, from Better Homes and Gardens, calls for coffee ice cream, vodka, coffee liqueur, crème de cacao, chocolate-covered coffee beans and ice cubes. Mix ice cream, vodka, coffee liqueur and crème de cacao in a blender. Add ice and mix until nice and smooth. Pour into espresso cups and top with chopped coffee beans.
Hornitos Brewed Awakenings Cocktail
Kick things up a notch with this amazing cocktail from renowned mixologist, Christian Sanders.
1.5 parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
1.5 parts coffee liqueur
.25 part vanilla syrup (recipe follows)
1 part heavy cream
To make vanilla syrup, mix together 1 part sugar, 1 part water and 1 part vanilla extract. Bring to a boil. Cool one to two minutes cool before serving. Combine all the above ingredients in a glass and serve. Voila!
Lavazza Java Dream
1 oz. Lavazza espresso
½ oz. Kahlúa
1 oz. Grand Marnier
Mix ingredients, top off with fresh cream and serve in a martini cocktail glass. Cheers!