Nine Coffee Drinks and Cocktails Worth Waking Up For
There are days when a standard cup of java just can’t stand up to the previous night’s galavanting. If that about sums up your morning—or if you just want to get a little buzz on, ditch the drip coffee for one of these caffeinated cocktails infused with whiskey, amaro, and even beer.
Irish Coffee at Area Four
The crew at this wood-fired pizzeria-cum-café spike Barrington coffee with Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, and top it off with Maraschino whipped cream. The drink is served iced or hot, so enjoy it out on the Cambridge restaurant’s patio, or indoors, next to an air conditioner.
Area Four, 500 Technology Square, Cambridge, 617-758-4444, areafour.com.
The Sanchez Milkshake at Café ArtScience
Café ArtScience, 650 E Kendall St., Cambridge, 857-999-2193, cafeartscience.com.
Double Buzz Cocktails at Capo
Bar manager Kevin Mabry and his team recently launched Double Buzz, a brunch cocktail program inspired by a similar menu at New York City bitters bar Amor y Amargo. Rotating original recipes, like the Go-Go (tequila, Maraschino liqueur), and the Capo-cino (Four Roses bourbon, bitters, egg), feature house cold brewed La Colombe coffee and a few drops of different Italian liqueurs.
Capo, 443 W Broadway, South Boston, 617-993-8080, caposouthboston.com.
Spiked Nescafé Frappé at Committee
Beverage director Peter Szigeti’s spin on a traditional Greek frappé spikes the instant coffee drink with vodka and vanilla syrup.
Commitee, 50 Northern Ave., 617-737-5051, committeeboston.com.
Coast-2-Coast Coffee at Lulu’s Allston
Iced coffee with horchata and coffee liqueurs, served on the rocks, is some serious (and spiced) caffeination. We hear it pairs well with rough mornings and omelets.
Lulu’s Allston, 421 Cambridge St., Allston, 617-787-1117, lulusallston.com.
Hair of the Dog at the Painted Burro
As the name suggests, this cocktail will remedy even the most incapacitating of headaches. If we’re lucky, the unique blend of espresso liqueur, RumChata, and iced coffee horchata with ground almonds and sesame seeds will make it over to the upcoming Burro Bar in Washington Square, too.
The Painted Burro, 219 Elm St., Somerville, 617-776-0005, thepaintedburro.com.
Le Samourai at State Street Provisions
Inspired by the 1967 French film of the same name, this intercontinental cocktail is a blend of house cold brew, Suntory Toki Japanese whisky, the French aperitif Kina L’Avion D’Or, bitters, and a lemon oil garnish.
State Street Provisions, 255 State St., 617-863-8363, statestreetprovisions.com.
The Granite Trust at the Townshend
As part of the Quincy restaurant’s newly launched brunch, bar manager Palmer Matthews debuted a coffee concoction called the Granite Trust, which blends cold brew Barrington Coffee with Amaro Averna.
The Townshend, 1250 Hancock St., Quincy, 617-481-9694, thetownshend.com.
I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning at Winter Hill Brewing Company
From now through August, kick back a pint of the brewery’s Three Threads, porter spiked with shot of chilled espresso. The drink is part of the brewery’s new beer cocktail menu, which also has a pomegranate saison shandy, and an IPA bloody Mary.
Winter Hill Brewing Company, 328 Broadway, Somerville, winterhillbrewing.com.