Kentucky coffee is an after-dinner drink made with strongly brewed coffee, cream, sugar, and bourbon. It’s a superb holiday sipper, and so easy to make.
This Kentucky coffee is brought together in a stylish old-school technique that ensures the cream floats quite elegantly atop the coffee. The after-dinner drink is actually a smoother, sweeter, subtler cousin to traditional Irish coffee, which consists of strongly brewed fresh coffee, sugar, cream, and whiskey. Whatever your usual brand of bourbon, whether Maker’s Mark or otherwise, will work quite nicely in this recipe. Originally published December 23, 2015.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Kentucky Coffee Recipe
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- Makes 4
- 8 sugar cubes, or 16 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 12 tablespoons (6 ounces) good-quality bourbon
- 4 cups freshly brewed, strong, hot coffee
- 1/2 cup heavy cream, lightly whipped
- 1. Place 2 sugar cubes (or 4 teaspoons sugar) in each of four 12-ounce coffee mugs.
- 2. Add 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) bourbon to each mug. Using a muddler or the end of a heavy long-handled spoon, muddle the sugar and bourbon until the sugar dissolves.
- 3. Pour 1 cup hot coffee into each mug. Rest the back of a clean, dry teaspoon against the inside of the glass and slooooooowly pour the thickened cream down the back of the spoon and into the glass. (This way the cream will float on top of the coffee. It’s a boss presentation, trust us.) Serve immediately.