The Coffee Cocktail is a classic recipe, traced back to Jerry Thomas’ 1887 Bartender’s Guide (Amazon link). Thomas’ original recipe appears above, and thankfully, The Cocktail Spirit has translated the old-timey language (“pony,” “goblet,” etc) into modern measurements.
As Jerry Thomas says, the Coffee Cocktail is apparently named after it’s visual appearance, because it contains no coffee. Here it is:
- 1 1/2 oz port
- 1 1/2 oz brandy
- 1 tsp simple syrup
- 1 whole egg
- dash of bitters
- put all ingredients into a shaker and shake without ice to froth the egg
- add ice to the shaker and shake more to chill
- pour into a chilled wine or cocktail glass
Special thanks to St. Clair, a local winery who provided me with their excellent Port for this recipe.