French Pressed Cocktails

The French press is conventionally used to prepare hot coffee in a small batch. We like it for its practicality and simple design. As the hot, not boiling, water steeps, the coffee brews an intensely flavored, richly textured cup of coffee in comparison to a standard drip coffee machine. After steeping the appropriate amount of time, the plunger is pushed down, separating the coffee from the grounds. While it sounds easy, there is a science and an art to using a French press.

This, naturally, got us thinking about cocktails.

What if we used the French press to create batch cocktails?

Using 3 scoops fresh ground coffee, 3 cups hot water, 3/4 cups Somrus Coffee Cream Liqueur, spices, and a 30oz press, we created a pretty delicious small-batch cocktail, which served 4.

We chose cloves, star anise, and cinnamon sticks to infuse the flavor of the medium roast coffee and let it steep for 10 minutes.

After a few test runs, this is what we found to give the best results:

  • Use halved cinnamon sticks as whole sticks block the press
  • Muddle the spices into the coffee grounds for a more flavorful infusion
  • Use a light or medium roast as a dark roast tends to overpower the spices
  • Drink as is or add honey or sweetener to taste

But don’t just take our recipe for it. Make up your own. The possibilities are endless!

You could create a variety of French press coffee cocktails using different spices and infusions, like nutmeg, cardamom, pumpkin, pink pepper, allspice, orange peels, vanilla… the list goes on! Like we said before—it’s a science and an art!