Infuse Bourbon With Whole Coffee Beans For A Java Jolt In Your Cocktails

Want to elevate your bourbon experience? Look no further than infusing it with whole coffee beans for a twist that's sure to awaken your taste buds. This simple yet ingenious technique adds a rich depth of flavor to your favorite spirit, creating a truly memorable drinking experience. Of course, this also opens up a wide range of cocktails for a coffee-spiked spin on your favorites.

To infuse bourbon with coffee beans, start by combining the spirit and whole beans in a clean, airtight container. Use approximately half a cup of coffee beans for every 750-milliliter bottle of bourbon, depending on your personal preference for flavor intensity.  Then, seal the container and store it in a cool, dark place for at least 24 hours, shaking it occasionally to ensure thorough, even infusion.

The result? A beautifully nuanced bourbon infused with the rich, earthy notes of coffee beans. The flavors meld together seamlessly, creating a harmonious blend that's perfect for sipping on its own or upgrading classic cocktails.

Mix your coffee-infused bourbon into classic cocktails

Speaking of cocktails, there are endless possibilities for incorporating coffee-infused bourbon into your favorite drinks. Try adding a splash to your Old Fashioned for a modern twist on a timeless classic, or mix it with sweet vermouth and bitters for an indulgent coffee-infused Manhattan. For a more refreshing option, muddle some fresh mint leaves with simple syrup and lime juice, then top it with soda water and a generous pour of coffee-infused bourbon for a delightful take on a Mint Julep.

Of course, coffee-infused bourbon can also be enjoyed on its own. Sip it neat or over ice to fully appreciate the complex flavors and aromas that the infusion process has unlocked. The rich, velvety texture and lingering coffee finish make it a truly indulgent treat for any bourbon lover. This combination of flavors works so well because the bold, caramelized flavors of coffee blend beautifully with the woodsy flavor of aged bourbon. 

Bourbon takes on flavor from the oak barrels it's aged in and presents with a few common tasting notes such as vanilla, caramel, and a variety of fresh, dried, and baked fruits. Coffee often showcases similar notes, though they might be more floral or citrus-forward depending on the type of coffee roast. That's why it is important to take care in selecting your ingredients.

Choose the bourbon and coffee you want to drink

Choose high-quality bourbon and coffee for the best results and opt for a spirit and roast that you would normally drink. This should be a bourbon with a smooth, mellow profile that will complement the flavors of the coffee beans. Similarly, choose freshly roasted, aromatic coffee beans with bold, complex flavors to impart richness and depth to the infusion. 

Keep in mind that a high-proof bourbon, with its higher alcohol content, has the potential to extract more flavors from the coffee beans while retaining a better alcohol percentage, resulting in a more robust and intense infusion. Because low-proof bourbon contains less alcohol and can lose even more of its alcohol by volume as it infuses, the end result can be a coffee-infused bourbon that's difficult to create balanced cocktails with.

Whether you prefer a bold and robust bourbon paired with dark, espresso-like coffee beans or a smoother, more fruit-forward bourbon paired with lighter, floral beans, the possibilities are endless. But to be sure you like your pairing, start by making a small batch to avoid wasting any of your precious bourbon. So, why wait? With just a few simple steps, you'll unlock a world of rich, complex flavors that are sure to impress even the most discerning of palates.