Coffee Cocktail (Disclaimer: No Coffee)

Coffee Cocktail

This nineteenth-century specialty drink is from the 1887 edition of Jerry Thomas’s The Bar-Tender’s Guide, or How to Mix All Kinds of Plain and Fancy Drinks. Thomas died in 1885, two years before this edition; the editors expanded the cocktail section from ten recipes in the 1862 edition to twenty in the 1887 edition.

The editor added a disclaimer, noting that the drink did not contain coffee, and went on to note that it did not contain bitters, either. Bitters were the ingredient that defined the cocktail category in the beginning, and that disclaimer noted a growing trend to include a wider group of mixed drinks in the cocktail category. The color and texture of the drink evoke coffee with cream and sugar.

Coffee Cocktail

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Recipe by Julian Solorzano Cuisine: Classic CocktailDifficulty: Easy 🔨




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  • 1 Ounce Courvoisier VSOP Cognac

  • Ten Ounce Ten year tawny port

  • 1 Small egg

  • .75 Ounce Simple syrup

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    Freshly grated nutmeg


  • Shake all the ingredients (except the garnish) especially well with ice to emulsify the egg.
  • Strain into a port glass.
  • Dust with nutmeg.


  • Tawny port or house ruby port will work just fine as a substitute.

Written by Julian Solorzano

Hailing from Queens, New York, Julian Solorzano served four years in the United States Air Force, traveling throughout Europe and experiencing the best of the local cultures, including their passion for good food and wine. He has since grown an appreciation for all things wine and mixology. Julian fuses that passion with his skills in writing, photography, and video production to share his passion with the world.

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