Shorter days and longer nights mean an excuse to indulge in any manner of piping-hot cocktails, from toddies to buttered rum to Irish coffee (if you prefer your drinks with a little kick of caffeine). But if you think the classic whiskey and java combo is the only way to liven up your cup of joe, you’re missing out. Here are seven more warm coffee cocktails that will help you cut the cool-weather chill.
1. Spanish Coffee
You’ll impress your friends when you mix up this flaming hot drink. We mean that literally — you actually set the cocktail on fire. It’s the perfect party trick, as long as you make sure not to singe your fingers when you’re showing off your bartending skills. This recipe, which combines rum, triple sec, Kahlúa, and coffee, comes from Huber’s Café in Portland, Ore., via Imbibe magazine.
- ¾ ounce 151-proof rum
- ½ ounce triple sec
- 2 ounces Kahlúa
- 3 ounces fresh-brewed coffee
- Lightly whipped cream
Directions: Gather a lighter or matches and a sugar-rimmed red wine or Irish coffee glass (make sure it’s tempered). Add the rum and triple sec to the glass and carefully ignite. Add the Kahlúa, which should make the flame go out. Top with hot coffee and garnish with whipped cream and nutmeg.