Coffee cocktails? So 2016. Instead, a growing number of booze brands are putting the cold brew in the bottle, along with a host of other spirits and ingredients. These are the ones worth the caffeine buzz.
This is a collaboration between Albany Distilling and Death Wish Coffee Co., which, as an FYI, claims to brew “the world’s strongest coffee.” Each bottle contains approximately 30 percent Death Wish cold-brew coffee, and though it’s not quite the most coffee-forward spirit, there’s certainly enough for a running head start at an Espresso Martini or Black Russian.
This coffee-infused whiskey uses beans sourced from Mexico and roasted in Los Angeles, while the whiskey is made by Bowen’s, a Bakersfield distillery. Be warned: One shot has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.
This Cali producer sources whiskey from other distilleries, then blends it and adds unique cask finishes. A Tennessee whiskey finished in a barrel seasoned with Four Barrel Coffee ’s Espresso Roast, this bottling is made in very small batches and can be hard to obtain outside of California, provided you can snag one at all.
As Ryan Maybee, the co-founder of Kansas City-based J. Rieger & Co., explains it, he used to blend together cold brew and amaro as an alternative to super sweet coffee liqueurs. This nuanced, bittersweet elixir is made with coffee from Kansas City roaster Thou Mayest and briefly barrel-aged. It has just the right coffee-cocoa-spice profile for sipping or mixing into cocktails.