Happy. New. Year! I’m always amazed with how fast time flies. 2016 was a year filled with so much change (good change), but I’ll talk about that in another post. But let’s stay on this change-train… the weather in Phoenix finally got cold. Our temperatures are nothing like a Midwest/East coast winter, but 40 degrees definitely makes hot cocktails appropriate.
This recipe is really easy to make. All you need is a hot cup of black coffee, bourbon, a few other ingredients. Think Irish coffee minus the Irish Whiskey. The variation on this hot cocktail comes with the whipped cream.
For the whipped cream I used Frangelico to enhance the flavor. It’s a hazelnut and herb flavored liqueur, and it’s pretty potent so a little bit goes a long way. If you want to make this recipe and need to buy a bottle of Frangelico, I recommend you purchase a 375ml bottle because it tends to be something that sits in your back bar for a while. Like I said, a little bit goes a long way so a small bottle will do you just fine! (Unless you’re making this for a large crowd). Hope this recipe warms you up this winter!
- 1 cup of hot black coffee
- 1.5 oz bourbon whiskey
- 2-3 oz heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 oz agave nectar
- 3/4 oz Frangelico or hazelnut liqueur
- Garnish: fresh grated nutmeg or cinnamon
- Pour water into a small-medium sauce pan and heat until the water is hot. When the water is hot, pour it into an Irish coffee mug or glass coffee mug. This helps to keep the glass hot so that you’re not pouring your hot coffee into a cold/lukewarm mug.
- Using a cocktail shaker combine your heavy whipping cream, agave nectar, and hazelnut liqueur (the agave nectar is for a little added sweetness. It’s a matter of preference how sweet you want your whipped cream so feel free to omit). Close the shaker and shake vigorously for 2-3 minutes. After the time, check to see if the whipped cream has a thick consistency. If not close the shaker and shake for another minute or so until fully whipped.
- Empty the water from the mug and pour in your bourbon and coffee. Top the bourbon coffee with your hazelnut whipped cream.
- Grate a cinnamon stick or nutmeg over the top of the whipped cream for garnish. Enjoy!