Coffee-Infused Bourbon

Coffee beans
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Prep: 24 hrs
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 24 hrs
Servings: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
148 Calories
0g Fat
0g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 148
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 0mg 0%
*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.)

Coffee and whiskey are natural companions—just think of old favorites like Irish coffee. Often, brewed coffee or a coffee liqueur are the ingredients responsible for the coffee flavor, but why not add that little touch of java to the whiskey itself?

Coffee-infused bourbon is a good way to get a gentle coffee flavor into whiskey cocktails. It's useful in a variety of non-infused drinks such as a Manhattan, liquid bourbon ball, fall spice cordial. Also, the coffee infusion is not limited to bourbon. Other whiskies, including blends like Canadian whisky and some Irish whiskeys are also good candidates for a little coffee jolt.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Pour the bourbon into an infusion jar, large mason jar or ​another wide-mouthed container with a tight seal.

  2. Add the coffee beans, seal the container and shake well.

  3. Place the jar in a cool dark place for about 24 hours.

  4. Taste the infusion and if you think it needs a little more time, shake it again and allow it to set for another 8 hours. Check it again and repeat this step until you have the flavor you want.

  5. When the infusion is to your liking, strain the coffee beans through a fine strainer from the whiskey.

  6. Return the whiskey to its original bottle, cap it and enjoy it any cocktail you see fit.

Tips

  • We prefer to use coffee beans that are darker such as Spanish and French roasts. These tend to be richer than the lighter roasts and pair better with whiskey.
  • To test a whiskey/bean combination without wasting a lot of whiskey, try a smaller batch first. Pour a couple of shots of whiskey in a smaller jar and add a handful of coffee beans. Allow this to infuse and see what you like. Do this with multiple whiskey and bean combinations at once, clearly labeling each, then taste each in succession and decide which you like best. After that, you're ready to infuse a large batch of your favorite.
  • When choosing a whiskey for this infusion it's best to try ones that are smooth and not too spicy.
  • Though you may be inclined to do so, we do not recommend mixing this coffee infusion into drinks that already contain coffee. It may work, but defeats the purpose of flavoring your whiskey with coffee because coffee is already there. Instead, think of complementary flavors such as almond, banana, chestnut, kumquat and orange.
  • More infusion tips