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A Coffee Cocktail is the Perfect New Years Toast

New years celebrations only start at midnight and often go well into the morning hours. Not everyone is a night owl, so this late party may require some pick-me-ups. Why choose between coffee and cocktails when you can responsibly combine the two? Here are a few recipes to try:

Dublin Iced Coffee
Whether you're Irish or not, this delicious cold drink will keep you awake and peppy as the ball drops in Times Square. You'll need cold coffee on hand, so use your Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew™ 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe to brew a full pot earlier in the night. Then, pour the coffee into a pitcher and store it in the fridge to chill. You'll want to make an entire pot because you're likely not the only one who will need some caffeine! As for alcohol, gather stout beer and Irish whiskey - you'll need some of each. Purchase simple syrup or make your own by mixing equal parts sugar and hot water until the crystals have dissolved. As the clock ticks closer to 12 p.m., pour two ounces of the cold coffee plus two ounces of stout, 1 1/2 ounces of Irish whiskey and 3/4 ounce of simple syrup into a tall glass. Add ice and then pour 1/2 ounce of heavy cream over top. For added flavor sprinkle the drink with a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg. 

"Sugar, coffee and liquor are a tasty combination."

Shoeless Joe
If you're interested in a fruitier drink, look no further. A shoeless joe is the perfect combo of sugar, caffeine and alcohol. First, purchase black cherry simple syrup. Or, make your own by boiling 2/3 cup unsweetened black cherry juice. Turn the heat down and simmer the liquid for around five minutes or until it reduces by half. Pour in 1/3 cup of sugar and stir until it dissolves. Turn off the stove and store the syrup in the fridge in a glass jar - you can make it up to a week ahead of time. 

To make the cocktail, add one ounce of black cherry simple syrup to a short glass and mix it with one ounce of coffee. When the two are thoroughly combined, add ice, three ounces of club soda, three ounces of cola and a lime wedge. This drink is a peppy, sugary option to add to your New Years celebration. Just be sure to keep the kids away - they may see the soda and take a drink.

The Beccaccino
If you're a Seattle native you may have heard of this local drink inspired by a patron of Duke's, a bar that's no longer open. The town's deep love of coffee rears its head in this tasty cocktail that can be enjoyed warm or cold. To make your own, combine one ounce of brandy, 1/2 ounce Benedictine, 1/2 ounce amaretto, 1/2 ounce Irish mist and 2 1/2 ounces of chilled or hot coffee in a mixing glass. Stir, strain, pour into a large cocktail glass or a mug. Top the beverage with whipped cream and garnish it with a sprig of mint or a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.

white Russian, New Years Eve, Mr. CoffeeAdd nutmeg and cinnamon to your white Russian for extra spice.

White Russian
Have you ever seen "The Big Lebowski"? This 1990 classic featured this caffeinated version of a white Russian. You'll need some of the coffee you brewed with your Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew™ 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker and stored in the fridge earlier. Pour two ounces of vodka, one ounce of Kahlua, one ounce of cream and 1/2 ounce of cold coffee into a tumbler. Add ice and shake for several seconds to chill and combine the drink. Remove the lid and pour the beverage into old fashioned glasses. Or, if you don't want it on the rocks, leave the lid on to contain the ice and pour through the grated top. You could also add a chocolatey spin to this with adding some mocha syrup to the bottom of the glass. 

South of No North 
According to Imbibe magazine, bartender Chris Langston of 1022 South in Tacoma, Washington created this smokey cocktail with chilled Ethiopian coffee. This single-origin joe is usually dark and rich - perfect to accompany a long night as you bring in the New Year! In a shaker, combine 1.4 ounces of Reposado tequila, 1/5 ounce of simple syrup, 1/2 ounce cynar plus 1 ounce of cold brew coffee and one egg white. Shake for a minute and then strain the liquid into a chilled glass. Go for a martini glass if you prefer the stem or a short whiskey glass instead. Once poured, add two dashes of Bitermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters. This amazing mix of cinnamon, cacao and spice livens up any drink and pairs really well with coffee.

Please drink responsibly and don't hesitate to call a taxi at the end of the night.