The Coffee Cocktail
Due to our insistence on recreating the drinks in Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails in the order they are presented in the book, this is the second shockingly pink cocktail in a row. For that we apologize.
That being said, this is the finer of the pink-hued concoctions. Let’s just get this out of the way right at the top: The Coffee Cocktail contains no coffee. Sorry to all the caffeine freaks out there, D included, looking for a little buzz with their buzz. Purportedly the cocktail is so named because it looks like coffee when properly created. Perhaps it is just the brand of ruby port we settled on but I have yet to come across a coffee of this color, even in the day of flavored Frappuccinos. But let’s get over this whole pigment thing – it’s all about the taste, right?
The recipe for this drink calls for two to three ounces of ruby port. For the first attempt we settled on 2 ½ ounces, which seemed a little out of balance.
The second time around we used 2 ounces, resulting in a harmony between the brandy (in our case cognac) and the port. We also found that the cocktail had a much more homogeneous composition and a nice frothy top if we gave the ingredients a little blitz with a hand blender before shaking it over ice.
The Coffee Cocktail has several things going for it. It has a nice, milky texture, yet contains no dairy. It has a lovely, spicy aroma from the nutmeg with flavors of cherry and candied fruit. It immediately conjures a festive, holiday feel. Plus with the inclusion of a whole egg it practically qualifies as a protein shake!
Unlike the Chatham Hotel Special, which contained similar ingredients and had an analogous appearance, we can see ourselves imbibing The Coffee Cocktail again. It would make a nice brunch bevvy or mid-afternoon pick-me-up, both of which serve to confirm that the drink is aptly named.
The Coffee Cocktail
- 1 ounce brandy (we used cognac)
- 1 whole egg
- 2 ounces ruby port
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- nutmeg (for garnish)
Place all ingredients in a shaker. If available give them a blitz with a hand blender (alternatively dry shake the container before adding ice.) Add ice and shake well. Strain into a chalice or Irish coffee glass. Top with freshly grated nutmeg.