Classic Coffee Cocktail

classic coffee cocktail

In Bartenders Guide, or How to Mix Drinks, Jerry Thomas said of the classic Coffee Cocktail recipe: “The name of this drink is a misnomer, as coffee and bitters are not to be found among its ingredients, but it looks like coffee when it has been properly concocted, and hence probably its name.”

1 oz. Cognac
2 oz. tawny Port
½ oz. simple syrup (1:1)
1 whole egg (pasteurized if you like)
Tools: shaker tin, strainer, fine strainer
Glass: rocks
Garnish: grated nutmeg

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously and double strain into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish.

Adapted from Jerry Thomas’ Bartenders Guide, or How to Mix Drinks, 1887