For coffee specialties that would really give you a buzz, here's a look at four cocktails with java as a key ingredient.
Cool down with this sweet coffee cocktail. The Craic is comprised of Jameson’s Black Barrel Irish Whiskey, infused with vanilla beans, coffee beans and raw sugar, and Kobrick Coffee that’s been double-brewed in-house. It’s topped off with house-made Grand Marnier whipped cream and shaved chocolate sprinkles for good measure. $14; Parker & Quinn at the Refinery Hotel, 64 W. 39th St., 212-729-0277, parkerandquinnnyc.com (Credit: Parker & Quinn)
Black and White Russian
The Randolph is renowned for its coffee cocktails, thanks to its high-end beans and clever concoctions. Not to be missed is its strong take on the white Russian, a cold coffee cocktail featuring the coffeehouse/bar’s house-brewed coffee vodka, amaretto and cream. $15, The Randolph at Broome, 349 Broome St., 212-274-0667; $13, Randolph Brooklyn, 104 S. Fourth St., Williamsburg, 718-599-0412, randolphnyc.com (Credit: The Randolph)
Chicory-infused bourbon, cacao, galliano ristretto and amaretto cream make up this indulgent, coffee cocktail. Iced coffee aficionados, fair warning — the cocktail is served warm. But save it for dessert for a sweet end to your meal. $13; Saxon + Parole, 316 Bowery, 212-254-0350, saxonandparole.com (Credit: Lizzie Starr)
Crafted by bartender Naren Young, this love child of an espresso martini and Rusty Nail is comprised of Dewar’s Blended Scotch, Drambuie, agave nectar, cayenne pepper and espresso coffee. It’s even garnished with three coffee beans for good measure. Find it on the dessert menu. $13; Bacchanal, 146 Bowery, 646-355-1840, bacchanalnyc.com (Credit: Max Zagor)