White Russian Coffee

This specialty coffee drink uses housemade virgin Kahlúa and gin-inspired tea.

White Russian Coffee

Serves | 5 to 7 |

Virgin Kahlúa

  • 1½ cups strong coffee (Chemex-brewed preferred)
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract

“Gin” Tea

  • 2 tsp juniper berries, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp cascara
  • 1⅔ cups water, plus more for diluting
  • 2 cups half-and-half (to serve)
  • freshly grated nutmeg (for garnish)

| Preparation – Virgin Kahlúa | In a saucepot over medium heat, stir all ingredients until sugar is dissolved. Set aside.

| Preparation – “Gin” Tea | In a grinder, coarsely grind juniper berries and coriander seeds. In a saucepot over high heat, combine ground spices, lemon zest, cascara and 1⅔ cups water; heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and strain. Dilute 1 part tea with 3 parts water.

| To Serve | In a pitcher, combine equal parts virgin Kahlúa and half-and-half (about 2 cups each) with roughly 4 cups tea. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Pour into 6- or 8-ounce glass, and garnish with juniper berries and nutmeg. Serve chilled.

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