Coffee Cocktail

Difford's Guide
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Serve in a

Wine glass

Garnish:

Dust with freshly grated nutmeg

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and strain back into shaker. DRY SHAKE (without ice) and fine strain into chilled glass.

2 fl oz Tawny port
1 fl oz Rémy Martin 1738 Cognac
1/2 fl oz Sugar syrup 'rich' (2 sugar to 1 water, 65.0°brix)
1 fresh Egg (white & yolk)
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Hazardous ingredients

Egg (white & yolk) is potentially hazardous if used incorrectly.

Review:

As the 1887 edition of the Professor's book says, "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."

History:

Adapted from a recipe in the posthumously published 1887 Jerry Thomas' Bar-tenders Guide (Jerry "The Professor" Thomas died 15th December 1885).

Coffee Cocktail.
(Use a large bar-glass.)
Take 1 tea-spoonful powdered white sugar.
1 fresh egg.
1 large wine-glass of port wine.
1 pony of brandy.
2 or 3 lumps of ice.
Break the egg into the glass, put the sugar, and lastly the port wine, brandy and ice.
Shake up very thoroughly and strain into a medium bar goblet. Grate a little nutmeg on top before serving.
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 connected, and hence probably its name.

Jerry Thomas' Bar-tenders Guide, 1887

Nutrition:

One serving of Coffee Cocktail contains 213 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.4 standard drinks
  • 18.43% alc./vol. (36.86° proof)
  • 19.4 grams of pure alcohol
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