Sorry, no coffee in this cocktail and actually there are no bitters either which, especially in the 1800's, defined a cocktail. The name Coffee Cocktail seems to refer to the "look" of the drink when "properly" concocted and the fact that the brandy-port combination makes it a fine drink before and after dinner as an alternative to coffee.
Despite it's deceptive name it is a classic and first appeared in print in Jerry Thomas' 1887 The Bar-Tender's Guide or How to Mix All Kinds of Plain and Fancy Drinks. Without a doubt, it is a great drink, especially if you seek out one of the finer ports available.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail
- 1 1/2 ounces Cognac or brandy
- 1 1/2 ounces ruby port
- Small egg
- 1 teaspoon simple syrup
- Fresh grated nutmeg for garnish
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well (more than usual to ensure the egg is properly mixed).
- Strain into a port or sour glass.
- Dust the top with freshly grated nutmeg.
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