Give your coffee a jolt with a new blend or (yes!) booze
Cold weather means that morning cup of coffee serves more than one purpose. Sure, it wakes you up, but it also warms your hands—and gets rid of that persistent chill. If you’re tired of the same routine, consider adding more than your usual teaspoon of sugar and dollop of cream.
We asked a professional for some advice. Barista and quality control manager Simeon Bricker at the Roasterie in Kansas City offers suggestions for “warming up” that coffee a bit. The award-winning Roasterie boasts air-roasted coffee, and he’s not shy about naming the company’s many products.
“For a balanced blend, try our Brookside or Leawood blends,” he says. For those who are looking for more generic blends, Bricker suggests an espresso blend.
“These are great coffees that blend well with cream and sugar,” he says. “For mixing drinks, I also recommend an espresso blend.”
The strong flavor of these blends stand out in drinks, but don’t clash with flavors like chocolate or peppermint.
“If you want to add something like whiskey or an ale, the espresso blend will work well,” he says. “But try and pair it with something sweet to balance the bitters.”
A classic suggestion, he says, is an Irish coffee. “I like to make heavy cream with vanilla and caramel.”
For cocktails, or for cooking, he recommends a cold-press coffee or a toddy.
“This gives it a stronger brew strength and a smoother profile, and it can even be heated.”
For the classic Irish coffee, the Food Network has a foolproof recipe. First, fill a mug with hot water to preheat it. Empty the glass, then pour in a cup of hot coffee, a tablespoon of brown sugar and a jigger of Irish whiskey. Stir to dissolve the sugar, then top with whipped cream.
A few other coffee recipes:
Sweater Weather Swirl
- 1 part Pinnacle Cinnabon Vodka
- 1 part coffee
- Serve hot or cold in a mug. Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon.
Pinnacle Peppermint Coffee