7 Coffee Cocktails to Help You Warm Up This Fall

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3. Architects and Kings

French press

Josh Relkin, a bartender at Sable Kitchen & Bar in Chicago, developed this whiskey and java cocktail, which plays up the bitter flavors of coffee rather than trying to mask them with too much cloying sweetness. Amaro Abano is a bitter flavored with orange peel, cardamom, cinchona, and other spices. In Italy, it’s usually served as an after-dinner cordial, but it plays a central role in this cocktail. Recipe via Serious Eats.


  • ¾ ounce Rittenhouse rye
  • ¾ ounce Luxardo Amaro Abano
  • ¾ ounce apple brandy
  • ½ ounce demerara syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 4 ounces hot coffee
  • Whipped cream

Directions: Combine the rye, Amaro Abano, apple brandy, demerara syrup, and Angostura bitters in a small saucepan and stir. Heat until steaming, but do not allow to boil.

Heat serving glass by running under hot water and wiping dry. Pour the mixture into the glass and add hot coffee. Top with a dollop of the whipped cream (preferably homemade). Serve hot.

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