I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I love coffee. I like it hot, I like it cold. In the morning or late afternoon (although I’m trying to cut back on that second cup).
Cocktails that use coffee are perfect for those times you need a little jolt but still want to mellow out. And this Anchor Watch Cocktail fits the bill. It combines the deep notes of cold brew coffee with Irish whiskey and Crème de Cassis liqueur. And if it’s good enough for a sailor staying up to watch their boat, I think you’ll love it too.
If you’re unfamiliar with Crème de Cassis, it is a French liqueur made from black currants. While the name might suggest it contains dairy, crème merely refers to the style liqueur and that it has a slightly thicker consistency. Crème de Cassis is one of those liqueurs that may have gotten a bad rap with low-quality versions inundating the shelves and are packed with fillers and high fructose corn syrup. There are however, plenty of high quality versions (usually imported from France) which are made the traditional way and are a wonderful addition to your home bar. Personally, I love keeping a quality on bottle on hand as it’s needed to make one of my favorite easy drinks - the Kir Royale.
What’s amazing about this cocktail is that when you shake it up, the combination of the cold brew and Crème de Cassis makes this drink frothy and gives it a creamy taste without being heavy. The flavors also combine perfectly to give this cocktail a rich chocolate taste. To me, it is like a fancy Irish Coffee perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any time of year!
So go grab a bottle of Crème de Cassis and get shaking!
The Anchor Watch
Time: 5 Minutes
2 ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
.75 ounces Crème de Cassis
4 ounces cold brew coffee
Blackberries, for garnish (optional)
1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the Jameson, Crème de Cassis and cold brew.
2. Secure the shaker lid and shake well for 10 seconds or until the top shaker is frosty.
3. Remove the lid and use a strainer to strain the cocktail into a coupe glass. Place some blackberries on a cocktail skewer and serve.