Liquid Inspiration: Colorado Bulldog

Comforting decadence for worldbuilding fluff.

This seemingly simple cocktail has its roots in the White Russian, but there are numerous ways to take this basic recipe to another level.

The traditional ingredient list goes something like this: vodka, Kahlúa, milk, and coke.

My Take:

1 ounce Tequila

1 ounce Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur

2 ounce Milk (or cream)

2 ounce Fentimans Curiosity Cola

While vodka is an admirably serviceable workhorse in many cocktails, I often see it in recipes as a placeholder to inject more complex flavors. In this case, subtle notes are going to be drowned by the dairy and cola dilution. However, I believe strong liquors like a brandy or whiskey would add interesting flavors to this template. Personally, I chose Tequila and loved the effect it had on the cocktail.

Similarly, Kahlúa is a classic cocktail staple, but making your own Coffee Liquor can elevate drinks to a higher plane. I took a cup of coffee grounds and extracted them with a cup of Everclear, passing the slurry through a coffee filter. I then made a cup of simple syrup (1 cup sugar dissolved in 1 cup water over heat) and added approximately half a cup of water for dilution. The result is basically a Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur.

Finally, Coke or Pepsi are both fine colas but there are soft drinks specifically created for craft cocktails. I used Fentimans Curiosity Cola, which is a less sweet and more herbaceous cola. A Fever-Tree cola would also be a good choice.

Mix the Tequila, liqueur, and milk in a shaker with ice and agitate to form a frothy head. Pour into your glass of choice and add the cola.

The result is a creamy, sweet, and complex treat with a delightful foamy top.

Inspiration for this drink came from Drinking with Dragons by Sarah Dahlinger! I love the illustrated dragons for each cocktail! I had so much fun with this.

Check out Sarah's other work, she's an amazing artist!


*The Minimum Drinking Age in the US is 21*

*Always Drink Responsibly*

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