Not Your Average National Coffee Day

We thought it would be fun to put a twist on the traditional National Coffee Day celebrations with recipes for the original expresso vodkas, that's right vodkas, from Van Gogh - the first to introduce espresso-flavored vodka in 2005. Photo by Lanty on Unsplash.

Not Your Average National Coffee Day

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Not Your Average National Coffee Day

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September 29 is National Coffee Day. Did you know more than one in three Americans spent more on coffee last year than they invested (according to a survey by Acorns)? That equates to about 3.1 cups of coffee per day for Americans, according to E-Imports. They estimate that 50 percent of Americans, over the age of 18, drink coffee every day.

We thought it would be fun to put a twist on the traditional National Coffee Day celebrations with recipes for the original expresso vodkas, that’s right vodkas, from Van Gogh – the first to introduce espresso-flavored vodka in 2005.

The following recipes will show you how to lift a glass of espresso-flavored concoctions to ring in National Coffee Day.

Cara Mia

The Cara Mia is a blend of Dutch-caramel vodka, double-espresso vodka, cream and real espresso.

The Cara Mia.

Ingredients

2 ounces Van Gogh Dutch Caramel

1 ounce Van Gogh Double Espresso

1 ounce milk or cream

1 ounce espresso, chilled

Directions

Shake all ingredients very well with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and ground cinnamon.

Double-Dutch Russian

The Double Dutch Russian is a blend of of double espresso and nero espresso vodkas, along with half and half.

The Double Dutch Russian.

Ingredients

1 ounce Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka

1 ounce Dolce Nero Espresso Liqueur

1 ounce half & half

Directions

Pour espresso liqueur and vodka into a rocks glass filled with ice. Float half & half on top and stir slowly.

Double-Espresso Martini

The double espresso martini is a blend of double espresso and Nero vodkas with Irish cream.

The Double-Espresso Martini.

Ingredients

1 ounce Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka

1 ounce Dolce Nero Espresso Liqueur

1 ounce Irish cream

Directions

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with three floating coffee beans.

Adult Mocha

The adult mocha is a blend of espresso vodka, milk, cocoa powder and sugar.

Adult Mocha.

Ingredients

2 ounces Van Gogh Espresso Vodka

1 ounce milk

1 pinch cocoa powder

1 pinch raw sugar

Directions

Enjoy cold or hot. To enjoy cold: add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with raspberries. To enjoy hot: Heat milk. Add all ingredients to a mug and stir. Garnish with cocoa powder.

Dutch-Spiked Coffee

Dutch spiked coffee is a blend of espresso vodka, hot coffee and milk.

Dutch Spiked Coffee.

Ingredients

2 ounces Van Gogh Espresso Vodka

6 ounces Hot coffee

Milk, to taste

Directions

Carefully pour hot coffee in a mug, add milk and Van Gogh Espresso Vodka.  Stir.

Remember to enjoy responsibly!

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