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

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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