coffee. It’s sort of like sun tea, but without the sun and without
the tea. Long, long steeping, with cold, cold water equals delicious
java with less bitterness. And in Milwaukee, there are plenty of
places to sip these iced beauties, but the newest twist is cold-brewed
coffee cocktails. Here are five takes on new steeps.
cold brew is a 12-hour process, and it tastes great in an iced Irish
coffee. Or go more exotic with the Bermuda Black Seal — a tasty
combination of black rum, Baileys, cold brew and cream. Sort of like a
tropical Irish coffee.
1317 E. Brady
St., (414) 291-0095, rochambo.com
recently changed its "BKC" acronym from "bottle kitchen
cup" to "bottle kitchen cocktail," and as such, this
destination brews up a variety of coffee-based, spirited drinks. Try
Mother’s Little Helper, a cold-brewed coffee base combined with
vodka and chocolate liqueur.
Bluemound Road, (414) 539-4424, storyhillbkc.com
Coffee Roasting Co.
brew at Anodyne is served on a tapper and preserved with nitrogen to
keep the coffee freshly buzzed, but the latest twist is Wolfgang
Schaefer’s spirit-less coffee cocktails. Schaefer, director of
coffee education, has been experimenting in his laboratory to come up
with classic cocktails, using a diverse array of coffees, roasts and
ingredients to make actual cocktails in which the coffee is used in
place of the spirit — in everything from an espresso old-fashioned
to a bloody mary with cold-brewed coffee concentrate. Try the
refreshing, citrusy Tolima Dream, a gin-less tonic made with
cold-brewed Colombian coffee, bitters, basil and tonic water.
224 W. Bruce
St., plus other locations,
The cold brew
here tastes as if spirits were added, but it’s just a smooth, creamy
coffee sans alcohol. The kick comes from the beans, which are rested
in bourbon barrels before being roasted and then steeped for 18 hours.
4177 S. Howell
Ave., (414) 939-6403, hawthornecoffeeroasters.com
Cold brew and
cold-brewed cocktails are a specialty at this roaster, so it’s hard
to pick a favorite drink. One customer favorite is the Double-Gary,
made with Great Lakes Distillery absinthe, dry curaçao, cold-brewed
coffee concentrate and simple syrup. The absinthe even floats
delicately to the top.
5918 W. Vliet
St., (414) 988-8018,