Alie Ward + Georgia Hardstark Give Hot Coffee a Real Twist in Cocktails!
Cooking Channel hosts Alie Ward & Georgia Hardstark are known for cocktails that are as tasty as they are daring. They are known for their interesting twists on cocktails as well as creating some of the most unique recipes that you have ever seen.
August is National Coffee Month and they have mixed up some unique cocktails featuring coffee and related presentations. They also have some great tips on how to work with coffee without destroying the flavor too!
Treat coffee like a spirit. Coffee in a cocktail lends such wonderful complexity- especially the light smoke of the roasted beans and the slightly tannic notes – it’s a shame to water them down. In mixology, a stirred cocktail is one made from all liquor, like a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned. To preserve the richness of the spirits, you wouldn’t shake these kinds of cocktails over ice: it would dilute them. Instead, stir them with a bar spoon and strain into a glass, with our without a big ice cube. The same goes for the stirred coffee cocktails below. The espresso is so robust and flavorful, treat it like a spirit and stir those drinks so as not to dilute them. Respect the espresso and it will reward you with rich flavor — and a little caffeine buzz.
Alie & Georgia say:
Simple but delicious. That’s why we love this one. Licor 43 is sweet and has wonderful vanilla notes, making it a great complement to so many cocktails. This makes a great after-dinner drink.
1-1/2 oz Licor 43
3 oz Espresso, chilled (NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto is a good option for this)
~Pour ingredients in a glass over ice and serve. Pretend it was harder to make.
Limoncello Iced Latte
Alie & Georgia say:
This playful cocktail brings that sweet tartness of limoncello together with coffee and trust us: your Sunday brunches just went next-level delicious.
1 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz Villa Massa Limoncello
2-1/2 oz coffee (Check out NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto)
Splash of cream
~Pour Limoncello and Grand Marnier into glass coffee cup or mug, over ice. Top with coffee and cream, stir well, then garnish with whipped cream — because you deserve it.
Orange You Glad It’s Got Tequila?
Alie & Georgia say:
The reposado tequila gives this cocktail some oaky depth, but the orange liqueur lends brightness and sweetness. The espresso has a smoky complexity and when stirred over ice and garnished with an orange peel, you have a rich and sophisticated sipper.
1-1/2 oz. Reposado tequila
3/4 oz. Orange liqueur
3/4 oz. Espresso, chilled (we used NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto shown below in the martini glass)
Add all the ingredients to a tall glass or a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Stir with a long spoon (don’t shake) for 30 seconds to a minute, and strain into an up glass.
Garnish with a strip of orange peel, spiraled inside the glass.
Alie & Georgia say:
Amaros are Italian herbal liqueurs, rich and syrupy, bitter and sweet with deep herbaceous aromas. We made this stirred drink and it turned out to be a perfect balance between the snap of the rye in the whiskey, the herbal sweet notes from the amaro. The slightly bitter and chocolaty espresso marries those flavors together, cuts the sweetness and gives it complexity.
Luxardo cherries are maraschino sophisticated older sister, so make sure you use these classy, dark red berries instead of the garish red ones you see at dive bars. This cocktail would be perfect for sitting in a leather club chair after dinner, talking about your guests’ world travels. Or the latest Real Housewives episode.
1-1/2 oz. Rye or bourbon
3/4 oz. Averna amaro
1/2 oz. Espresso, chilled (we used NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto)
~Add first three ingredients to a tall glass or shaker. Add ice. Stir with a long spoon (don’t shake) and strain into an up glass.
~Garnish with one Luxardo cherry.
In case you are wondering how to make all the coffee ingredients, try this machine:
This is the GENIO from Nescafe which uses the Dolce Gusto coffee pods.
More About Alie Ward & Georgia Hardstark:
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Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark are best friends who, after posting their viral video for a cocktail called “The McNuggetini,” (shown below) went on to take the libation world by storm and have since created more palatable beverages for both television and the web.
Their web series, “Classy Ladies With Alie & Georgia,” appeared on CookingChanneltv.com for two seasons, and their debut TV show, “Tripping Out With Alie & Georgia,” premiered last year on the Cooking Channel. They write about cocktail trends for KCET, and can also be seen on Cooking Channel’s “Unique Sweets” show as contributors.
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I love their presentation and I think their cocktails sound fun! I think that a lot of what they do is what we think about doing but hesitate where they just roll with it. Try mixing up some of these fabulous drinks and let me know what you think!
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