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How to Make a Top-Shelf Coffee Cocktail

How to Make a Top-Shelf Coffee Cocktail: Photo by Craig Cutler

Photo by Craig Cutler

The coffee cocktail is a grown man’s energy drink: It’s spiked with caffeine without saying “fist pumping” or “skate park.” At New York City’s Eleven Madison Park, bar manager Leo Robitschek’s delicious and energizing Anthora cocktail is named for New York’s iconic Greek diner coffee and is far more refreshing. As Robitschek says, the combination of coffee, aquavit and Averna tastes like “candied orange with fennel and chocolate.”

½ oz. simple syrup
½ oz. Krogstad aquavit
¾ oz. cold-brewed coffee or prebottled Stumptown
¾ oz. lemon juice
¾ oz. Carpano Punt e Mes vermouth
1 oz. Averna liqueur

Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Serve in a pilsner or highball glass over crushed ice. Garnish with mint leaf and grapefruit wedge.

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