Most of us here at Fazenda Coffee Roasters prefer our brew “straight, no chaser.” But there are times when gilding a lily is OK by us.
December offers a whole month of excuses.
Use your favorite Fazenda roast to make one of these concoctions this holiday season, and have a merry one!
Nitehawk’s Irish Catholic Coffee
This smooth homage to the traditional Irish Coffee was created by Matt Walker and his crew at Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn, to pair with their showings of the movie Spotlight. They make it with Fazenda coffee and are serving it right now, so we thought we’d put it first on the list. Matt sent us the recipe.
2 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
½ oz. Fazenda Coffee Syrup*
½ oz. Carpano Dry Vermouth
¼ oz. Amaro Averna
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Stir well with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with lemon peel. Enjoy.
*Fazenda Coffee Syrup: Combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of your favorite Fazenda brew (we recommend creating a stronger brew than usual) in a small saucepan and heat gently to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, until the mixture reduces down to 1 cup. Let cool and store in the fridge, covered, for up to a month. It’s as easy as that.
Makes enough for 16 Nitehawk’s Irish Catholic Coffees.
The Dark Moon cocktail originated in Portland. This is our East Coast response. We rethought the recipe to achieve a more satisfying “bass note” and extra protection from our New England winters. As an added bonus, our recipe works perfectly well with regular Coke; you don’t need to hunt down the Mexican variety.
1 ½ oz. Fazenda coffee, brewed to your liking and cooled
1 ½ oz. Coca-Cola
½ oz. Kahlua
½ oz. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
½ oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
1 tsp. of whatever cream is available
Combine first 5 liquids in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a lowball glass. Drizzle with a spiral of cream or drop the cream as a bomb in the center. Appreciate the masterpiece you made and enjoy. Pairs well with a follow-up visit to your favorite art spot.
(Having a Party? This drink can also be made by the pitcher to make 8 servings. Use: 1 ½ cups brewed Fazenda, 12 oz. (1 can) Coke, ½ cup Kahlua, ½ cup Captain Morgan, ½ cup Jameson. Stir to combine in a pitcher and pour over ice. Top each serving with a small drizzle or bomb of cream.)
An easy twist on a classic. Any good vodka will do, but you’ll notice the quality. The Kahlua is a must. For a sweeter version, reverse the proportions of liquor.
1 ½ oz. Fazenda coffee, brewed to your liking* and cooled
1 ½ oz. high quality vodka
1 oz. Kahlua
Pour all into a shaker with ice. Shake gently and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with cinnamon bark, or no garnish. Makes for classy company while listening to your favorite holiday music.
*This recipe works especially well with an espresso shot.
This cocktail is small and cozy. Great for cold winter nights.
1 oz. Fazenda coffee, brewed to your liking and cooled
1 oz. Frangelico
1 oz. Absolut or other smooth vodka
Pour all into a mixing glass with ice. Stir well and strain into a sherry or cocktail glass. No garnish. Sip it by the fire with a good book or, better yet, good friends.
Fazenda Peppermint Mocha
This is a non-alcoholic cocktail. Perfect for warming up without the need to keep track. We prefer it not overly sweet, so feel free to play with the proportions.
½ cup Fazenda coffee, hot
¼ cup sweetened hot chocolate
¼ cup steamed milk
¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
Pour coffee, hot chocolate, and peppermint extract into an Irish Coffee glass. Stir to mix. Top with steamed milk. For extra flare and flavor, garnish with shaved chocolate and a peppermint stick. Enjoy a few of these before heading to the Pops.
Hint: Don’t have peppermint extract on hand? Try pouring the hot liquids over a peppermint candy. Stir until the candy dissolves. It makes a sweeter drink but it works.