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Happy National Coffee Month: 3 Chilled Coffee Cocktails To Mix Up Now
Want to heat up your summer season? Simple: Kick back with some of the most creative coffee cocktails ever. READ: 10 More Coffee Cocktails to Kick Off Happy Hour While the idea of downing a steaming mug of java during a sweltering day may sound like the worst idea, hear us out. August happens to be National Coffee Month — a beloved observance for bean lovers— and it's also the perfect excuse to drink up an iced coffee with a little extra kick. Cooking Channel television personalities and best friends Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark love entertaining guests during the steamy months, and for August, they’ve come up with some tasty, boozy brews to jump-start any special occasion (e.g. happy hour, the weekend, tonight). And while coffee cocktails aren’t exactly a new concept (hello Irish Coffee), now is the perfect time to shake things up with some sweet, refreshing, and downright delish chilled joe.   READ: 9 Iced Coffee Recipes to Swig Before Summer Ends “Treat coffee like a spirit,” Ward and Hardstark told us. “Coffee in a cocktail lends such wonderful complexity — especially the light smoke of the roasted beans and the slightly tannic notes — it’s a shame to water them down. In mixology, a stirred cocktail is one made from all liquor, like a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned.” “To preserve the richness of the spirits, you wouldn’t shake these kinds of cocktails over ice. It would dilute them,” they add. “Instead, stir them with a bar spoon and strain into a glass, with or without a big ice cube. The espresso alone is so robust and flavorful … espect the espresso and it will reward you with rich flavor–and a little caffeine buzz.” For proof you can still enjoy your coffee after 5 p.m. (generously spiked, that is), Ward and Hardstark shared three simple cocktail recipes to awaken your taste buds:
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Limoncello Iced Latte

“This playful cocktail brings that sweet tartness of limoncello together with coffee, and trust us: Your Sunday brunches just went next-level delicious,” they say. Ingredients 1 oz. Grand Marnier 1 oz. Villa Massa Limoncello 2 ½ oz. coffee (the ladies used Nescafé Dolce Gusto) splash of cream whipped cream Preparation Pour limoncello and Grand Marnier into glass coffee cup or mug, over ice. Top with coffee and cream, stir well, then garnish with whipped cream — because you deserve it.
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Amaro Amore

“Amaros are Italian herbal liqueurs, rich and syrupy, bitter and sweet with deep herbaceous aromas,” they explain. “We made this stirred drink and it turned out to be a perfect balance between the snap of the rye in the whiskey and the herbal sweet notes from the amaro. The slightly bitter and chocolatey espresso marries those flavors together, cuts the sweetness, and gives it complexity. And a Luxardo cherry is like a maraschino's sophisticated older sister, so make sure you use these classy, dark red berries instead the garish red ones you see at dive bars.” “This cocktail would be perfect for sitting in a leather club chair after dinner, talking about your guests’ world travels,” they add. “Or the latest ‘Real Housewives’ episode.” Ingredients 1 ½ oz. rye whiskey or bourbon ¾ oz. Averna amaro ½ oz. chilled espresso (the ladies used Nescafé Dolce Gusto) 1 Luxardo cherry Preparation Add first three ingredients to a tall glass or shaker. Add ice. Stir with a long spoon (don’t shake). Strain into a glass. Garnish with a cherry.
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Orange You Glad It’s Got Tequila?

This powerful spirit from Mexico isn’t just for shots. Ward and Hardstark insist the deep, woodsy flavor of reposado tequila, in particular, is further heightened with a touch of zesty orange liqueur. However, one extra ingredient is key: “The espresso has a smokey complexity and when stirred over ice and garnished with an orange peel," they say. Ingredients 1 ½ oz. reposado tequila ¾ oz. orange liqueur ¾ oz. chilled espresso (the ladies used Nescafé Dolce Gusto) 1 orange peel Preparation Add all ingredients, except orange peel, in a tall glass or cocktail shaker. Add ice. Stir with a long spoon (don’t shake) for 30 seconds to a minute, and strain into an up glass. Garnish with a strip of orange peel, spiraled inside the glass.
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Happy National Coffee Month: 3 Chilled Coffee Cocktails To Mix Up Now

Want to heat up your summer season? Simple: Kick back with some of the most creative coffee cocktails ever. READ: 10 More Coffee Cocktails to Kick Off Happy Hour While the idea of downing a steaming mug of java during a sweltering day may sound like the worst idea, hear us out. August happens to be National Coffee Month — a beloved observance for bean lovers— and it's also the perfect excuse to drink up an iced coffee with a little extra kick. Cooking Channel television personalities and best friends Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark love entertaining guests during the steamy months, and for August, they’ve come up with some tasty, boozy brews to jump-start any special occasion (e.g. happy hour, the weekend, tonight). And while coffee cocktails aren’t exactly a new concept (hello Irish Coffee), now is the perfect time to shake things up with some sweet, refreshing, and downright delish chilled joe.   READ: 9 Iced Coffee Recipes to Swig Before Summer Ends “Treat coffee like a spirit,” Ward and Hardstark told us. “Coffee in a cocktail lends such wonderful complexity — especially the light smoke of the roasted beans and the slightly tannic notes — it’s a shame to water them down. In mixology, a stirred cocktail is one made from all liquor, like a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned.” “To preserve the richness of the spirits, you wouldn’t shake these kinds of cocktails over ice. It would dilute them,” they add. “Instead, stir them with a bar spoon and strain into a glass, with or without a big ice cube. The espresso alone is so robust and flavorful … espect the espresso and it will reward you with rich flavor–and a little caffeine buzz.” For proof you can still enjoy your coffee after 5 p.m. (generously spiked, that is), Ward and Hardstark shared three simple cocktail recipes to awaken your taste buds:

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