The Ward 8 is a cocktail with a long history…
Coffee drinks aren’t usually what cocktail drinks gravitate towards. The coffee at bars is generally below par and coffee cocktails sometimes cover up inexpensive spirits and bad coffee. As a result, I’ve met lots of people who tell me that they don’t like coffee cocktails. I tell them that once you start mixing with better quality ingredients, coffee drinks just might become a favorite.
I start this Kentucky coffee with great quality coffee that I make in a french press. The french press pulls out more coffee flavor and creates a richer brew than you get from a regular drip coffee maker. If you don’t have a french press, start with good quality, strong coffee. It is spiked with bourbon, Bailey’s and Frangelico. Again, use a good quality bourbon for the best results. Here, I like to use Maker’s Mark or a similar bourbon that is slightly spicy. Top the drink with freshly whipped cream and you’re ready to enjoy a coffee drink that is worth making again.
Glassware: Irish Coffee Mug
1 oz. Bourbon
1 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/2 oz. Frangelico
Fill a coffee mug with hot water and set aside to warm. After the mug is warm, discard the hot water and pour in the bourbon, Bailey’s, and Frangelico. Finally, fill with hot coffee and top with whipped cream.