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Coffee with a kick – Bourbon Coffee

Bourbon Coffee Evan Williams Kentucky Bourbon

Coffee – the magic beans that get me going in the morning. I love coffee. What smells nicer than opening a bag of freshly ground coffee beans and inhaling deeply?   No wonder it is one of the most popular drinks in the world. Coffee has been the magic bean getting people going for a long long time.  There is evidence of coffee drinking around the middle of the 15th century in Yemen.

Small artisanal coffee roasters have sprung up everywhere, offering their special blend of the roasted magic bean. According to some research there are more than 150 independent coffee roasters in South Africa. That is a lot of magic.

Give me a nice hot double Caffè Macchiato in the morning. Serve it in my beautiful red Le Creuset Espresso cup with one of my Dutch silver spoons and my day starts out perfect. Our coffee machine has been in for maintenance for the last week and getting up in the morning without my double shot of espresso has been difficult.  But she is coming back today, so lets celebrate with something interesting!  Lets make a Bourbon Coffee.

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Bourbon Coffee Evan Williams Kentucky Bourbon

Hot coffee in winter is great. It warms me up while I relax and watch reruns of The Big Bang Theory on the Series Channel. But in summer, hot coffee is not ideal. How to get the comfort without the heat? I decided to play around with coffee and bourbon to see if I can find the perfect cold coffee with a kick. And after a lot of testing and re- testing, this was my favourite recipe – Bourbon Coffee.

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Bourbon Coffee Evan Williams Kentucky Bourbon

Using a traditional Kentucky Coffee idea where you add bourbon and cream to a hot coffee, I kept the coffee cold. It is summer in the Southern hemisphere after all. I added some cacao powder to enrich the coffee and bring out the sweeter notes in the bourbon.

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Bourbon Coffee Evan Williams Kentucky Bourbon

Bourbon Coffee

Put serving glasses in the freezer an hour before the time. Dissolve the sugar and cacao powder in the hot water. Allow to cool.

Add all the ingredients except the cream to a shaker and give it a good shake. Pour into the iced glass and top with heavy cream. Sprinkle a bit of cacao over. Serve and enjoy.

However, if you live in the Northern hemisphere and need something to warm you up, keep the coffee hot. In other words… make a big cup of coffee.  Add  the bourbon and cacao powder, top up with cream and enjoy.  Hot or cold, coffee and bourbon is a great pairing.

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  1. This post makes me wish I could drink coffee! #globalblogging

  2. Yum Bourbon coffee sounds like it would be a tasty drink, might have to try that in the summer if it gets hot enough in the UK #GlobalBlogging

  3. I WISH that I could be grown-up enough to enjoy coffee! As an outsider, I see coffee drinkers as being in the Cool Kids Club. Meanwhile I’m SOOOO 90s, sipping on my Diet Dr. Pepper….

  4. Despite my hubby hailing from France we are both fond of the alternative ie. tea. #GlobalBlogging

  5. This sounds amazing! I may have to check out the bourbon section next time I’m at the liquor store. 😉


  6. Coffee is indeed it’s own food group. A necessary magic for us all. Bella! #globalBlogging xo

  7. Sounds delicious and sophisticated.Perfect for ourbloody British weather! #Globalblogging

  8. We should all start our days with one of these! What a smooth start we would have! Yum! Thank you for co-hosting #globalblogging this week!!! xx

  9. I love coffee with Baileys Irish Cream in it… I bet bourbon would give a real delicious kick! Will sip;)

  10. Wow that looks amazing. I’ve only ever tried with with a scotch whiskey #globalblogging

  11. Oh i love the sound of this – though I doubt work would let me drink it in the office hahaha #globalblogging

  12. I love a good coffee, but have to say I prefer it with a Scotch whisky more than a bourbon. It does sound good though! #GlobalBlogging

  13. My dad would love this, his two favourite drinks in one glass!

  14. Gosh, how awful that you would have had to have spent ages trialling and tasting all sorts of different mixtures of coffee and bourbon for this. Tough life! I wonder if anyone would notice if I started making these at work!? #globalblogging

  15. OMG YUMMY! sounds divine! #globalblogging

  16. Wow! Delicious!! 😉 In Italy, we use to drink our espresso sometimes with Grappa or Amaretto in it!! 😉 Ever tried it? 😉
    Thank you for this inspiration!
    – Emmi

  17. Sounds Devine! Amarula Coffee or Khalua Coffee are also great!!!

  18. I’ve had Irish coffee, but I’ve never had boozed up iced coffee! I like this idea, and your recipe sounds delicious. It’s a bit chilly here at the moment, but I may well try this as summer approaches. #GlobalBlogging

  19. I love the smell of coffee even though I can’t stand the stuff to drink! Maybe I’ll make this for someone else though 😉 #GlobalBlogging

  20. I love a good whisky and this looks amazing. What is the official time of the day to drink one of these? Presumably I should wait until my kids are in bed? LOL #globalblogging

  21. Naughty…. love it! #GlobalBlogging

  22. Suddenly my mid-afternoon coffee seems totally inadequate!
    Gonna have to try this instead.

  23. Coffee – yes please, bourbon coffee – with delight! I have tried only coffee with Irish cream so I will def try this one! Love the recipe! #GlobalBlogging

  24. My other half is a huge coffee lover, in fact he likes whisky too. Gonna tell him about this! #globalblogging

    • Jeannette Wentzel

      Make him a cup and see what he thinks. I love the combo. Thank you for stopping by.

  25. Sounds delish. Coffee with a kick? Yum.

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