We age our special Bourbon Barrel coffee in a classic bourbon barrel from our good friends at Iron Fish Distillery, then roast it to toasty perfection. And while it's an indulgent treat when simply brewed as you would brew any hot coffee--filter drip, pour-over, French press, the sky's the limit--we also have a few creative ideas for special recipes and concoctions. Give them a try, and let us know how it goes!
THE SIMPLEST COLD BREW
Coarsely grind 6-8 ounces of bourbon barrel aged coffee beans and place in a one-quart mason jar. Fill jar with cold filtered water, stir well, secure a lid, and put in the refrigerator. Shake jar every few hours (or really, just whenever you think about it). After 18-24 hours, strain twice: first through a metal sieve, and then through a paper coffee filter set in the sieve over a clean jar. Dilute to your taste, pour over ice and enjoy.
BARREL-AGED IRISH COFFEE
2 oz whiskey or bourbon
1 T brown sugar syrup*
6 oz freshly brewed (hot) Higher Grounds bourbon barrel aged coffee
Mix all ingredients in a warmed mug and stir well. Top with a spoonful of whipped cream and garnish with expressed orange peel. (photo credit: Lizzie Munro)
*Brown sugar syrup: dissolve 1/4 c. brown sugar in 1/4 c. hot water. Store in a sealed jar in the refrigerator; syrup keeps for 1-2 weeks.
BOOZY JOE MILKSHAKE
6 oz freshly brewed and cooled Higher Grounds bourbon barrel aged coffee or cold brew
3 scoops vanilla ice cream
2 T maple syrup
dash molasses bitters
Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend and serve.