Before my relationship with cocktails began, there was coffee. Coffee and I are old friends that never stay out of touch for too long.
My first introduction to the dark nectar was through my paternal grandmother. It took me years to realize it was only decaf. But that doesn’t matter because it was no ordinary cup of coffee, it was Cream Coffee. Cream Coffee is 2-parts black coffee topped with 1-part heavy cream. Sugar was occasionally added but not entirely necessary.
I loved the Summers that I spent with my Granny. We would sit at the dinning room table, she drinking her coffee, me drinking mine. We would watch Murder She Wrote together. It was the only time that I had her to myself. There were no cousins fighting for her attention. For that brief time with her, I felt special and grown up.
Perhaps it is that love that keeps me coming back cup after cup. I gave up the cream long ago and decaf is no longer part of my vocabulary, but I still get that special feeling inside every time I take that first sip.
I decided recently to create a coffee infused simple syrup. I've owned a French press for years but have never actually used it to brew coffee, that's what my coffee maker is for. Instead I use my French press to infuse syrups. It's super easy with less clean up. Plus, it's designed to strain small bits like coffee grounds. I made my coffee flavored syrup in just 10 minutes. With all this free time of course I've got to make a cocktail with it.
When I first decided to make a coffee cocktail, cream was not a part of the equation. But thanks to a recent grocery trip snafu, I find myself with an abundance of heavy cream. I hesitated to add it but then I remembered the Cream Coffees of my youth. Riding boldly on top, the cream is a perfect fit. I like to think that my Granny would have been pleased.
Coffee With You
- 1.5 Dark Rum
- .25 Grand Marnier
- .75 Coffee Syrup (see recipe below)
- Shake ingredients with ice.
- Strain into coupe glass.
- Pour heavy cream over the back of a spoon to create float.
- 1 cup filtered Water
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 2 tbsp. ground French Roast Coffee
- Bring water to a boil.
- Reduce to medium heat.
- Slowly stir in brown sugar.
- Stir until sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat.
- Add coffee grounds to French press.
- Slowly pour syrup over grounds, then stir.
- Allow to steep for 5 minutes.
- Slowly press down on the plunger to strain.
- Pour syrup into a jar or container.
- Allow to cool before use.