Summer in the Lowcountry is the perfect time for a summer soiree or a backyard barbeque. With the sweet and salty ocean breeze, the hum of the cicadas and the clear starry nights the Lowcountry serves as the ideal backdrop for any summer shindig and that is something we here in the Lowcountry never like to waste. So, the next time you are planning your summer get-together add some coffee to your menu lineup. Now I know you are probably asking yourself, “Coffee at a party?” and my answer is yes. Coffee pairs great with some of your favorite spirits to create a perfect marriage between coffee and cocktail. To help the rigorous party-planning process along, I have listed three coffee cocktails that will be perfect for any Charleston celebration.
1. Mint Chocolate Coffee Martini
1 ounce of chocolate-mint cocktail mix
1 ounce of vodka
1/2 ounce of coffee liqueur such as Kahlua
1/2 strong brewed coffee
2. Hard Coffee Soda
1 pint of chocolate ice cream
5 scoops of vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup of light rum
2 Tbs. of finely ground coffee
Instant coffee crystals
Mix all ingredients in a blender and top with coffee crystals.
1 cup of cold coffee
2 ounces of Muscatel wine
2 tsp. of sugar
1/2 tsp. grated orange peel
Pinch of cinnamon
Whip all ingredients until foamy and smooth . Serve over ice.
With all of these new recipes your set for your summer spread, the only thing your missing is some Lowcountry Blend for these new coffee cocktails. Cheers!