Barbary Coast Cocktail

Barbary Coast Cocktail
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
201 Calories
5g Fat
7g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 201
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 9mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The Barbary Coast has a truly unique flavor; it's kissed with chocolate and cream, then backed by an array of booze. While it may not be to everyone's liking, the unusual taste is the reason to give this interesting cocktail a try. It may just surprise you!

The sweet ingredients create a smooth, creamy base while the gin and scotch add the character the drink needs for balance. Without the qualities of those two ingredients the Barbary Coast would be boring and just another overly-sweet drink.

The key to this drink is finding a balance in the three liquors. You don't want anything that's too bold but instead will marry nicely with the others. For instance, choose a scotch with a more subtle character like those from the ​Lowland or Highland regions, or any blended scotch. The heavily peated whiskeys will be too much of a contrast to the gin. Likewise, an 80-proof dry gin is a better choice than one that's Navy strength and light rum's subtle sweetness would be preferred over darker options.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce light rum
  • 1/2 ounce Scotch whisky
  • 1/2 ounce crème de cacao (white)
  • 1/2 ounce cream

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the gin, rum, scotch, crème de cacao, and cream.

  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  4. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • While white crème de cacao is recommended, if you only have the dark variety, it will work. Only the color will change and the scotch is already going to contribute to a brownish tint, so it's not a big deal.
  • Heavy cream is often used in creamy cocktails, though you can switch that out to make the drink less rich. Half and half is a great option that will produce a slightly thinner drink. Milk is not recommended because it's too thin.

Recipe Variations

  • If you pour a creamy chocolate liqueur (e.g., Godiva, Mozart, etc.) rather than crème de cacao, you can pour a full ounce and skip the cream.
  • As an alternative to cream, pour either Irish cream or RumChata liqueurs. Both will slightly change the flavor of the cocktail, but it's not significant.
  • Another option is to try a dairy alternative, such as almond or soy milk. These tend to be a little richer than regular milk and could result in a very good drink.

How Strong Is a Barbary Coast Cocktail?

The Barbary Coast is packed with liquor, so it's definitely not a light drink! It's not the most potent, though, and should have an alcohol content around 23 percent ABV (46 proof) when made with 80-proof gin, rum, and whisky. To put that into perspective, drinks like the martini (and Manhattan) typically fall around 60 proof; this cocktail is more like the strength of fruity vodka martinis.