I’m the first to admit that, most of the time, my drinks are gonna get you drunk. I mean, isn’t that — at least partially — the point of drinking alcohol? If we didn’t want to feel anything, we’d only chug water, and coffee, and white male tears. But we do want to feel things, it’s just that sometimes we don’t want to feel them as much, or as quickly, or as intensely. Or maybe we’re getting old and we have a toddler and we don’t have the energy to deal with a goddamn hangover the next day, okay!?
Enter session cocktails.
If you’re not familiar with a session cocktail, it’s basically a low-alcohol beverage that you can drink, and drink, and drink (and maybe even drink again) without getting turnt. Generally, the standard for a session cocktail is something made with a spirit that has an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 20% or less. This coffee and Montenegro drink is close; the ABV of Montenegro (an Italian amaro) is 25%. But I’m going to say the cold brew counteracts some of the booze, and that this drink should definitely still fall into the “session” category. In fact, I’m just gonna drop it there, call it “Summer Session,” and walk away, quickly and awkwardly.
In addition to the coffee and Montenegro, this three-ingredient cocktail recipe also calls for cream soda — and that’s it (well, except for an orange slice). Because you know how much I love mixing coffee and soda in the summertime. It’s a simple drink with a simple recipe that tastes like a million fucking dollars, or at least like a $14 cocktail you’d get out at a fancy bar. It’s good for a little pick-me-up in the evening, or as a little hair of the dog when you have a hangover. It’s also super easy to make, and you can even replace “ounces” with “parts” if you want to make a big batch for a party (or a big hangover).
The Summer Session
4 ounces cold brew coffee
2 ounces Montenegro
3 ounces cream soda
Add the coffee and Montenegro to an Old Fashioned glass and stir. Add a handful of ice, then top with the cream soda. Give it a generous squeeze of orange, and another quick stir. Garnish and enjoy.
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