African-American Coffee

I like to invent drinks. Usually they are good, but not always so good that they deserve a name. Last night I mixed a drink that deserved a name, so I named it African-American coffee.

Coffee can be combined favorably with liquor in many ways. Probably the most common hard coffee drink is Irish coffee, a variant of the hot toddy, which is made with coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar or brown sugar. It is the name of this drink that inspired the name African-American coffee, which is made with an African liqueur, an American whiskey, and coffee.

Rye, coffee, Amarula
Rye, coffee, Amarula

Amarula is an African fruit cream liqueur made from the fruit of the marula tree. My father found this during a trip to Africa and shared it with me. I was elated when I found it at Twin Liquors near the Bailey’s. Ask your local liquor store to stock it if they don’t already.

The original African-American coffee used the 100-proof “Bottled in Bond” Rittenhouse rye whiskey, which I found at my favorite Louisville liquor store. This spirit has a sharp, spicy flavor that complements the sweet, mellow flavor of Amarula. If you can’t find a rye whiskey, any sour mash like Jack Daniel’s or Jim Beam will do.

The proportions and temperature can be varied according to taste. I like it hot with about two ounces of Amarula and one ounce of whiskey. It’s also good over ice with a greater proportion of Amarula.

This article was brought to you in part by my desire to see my favorite liquors gain popularity so that I can buy them in more places. You can help by requesting them at your local liquor store.

3 thoughts on “African-American Coffee

  1. Hey Andy

    Amarula is a South African concoction. I know this, because I am too. Amarula+Coffee is something that I have been drinking for years and it’s a great combination. Haven’t tried it with a whiskey in the mix, sounds good.

  2. I enjoy coffee. Especially, when they include special spirits. It is especially nice when someone make a interesting twist for your taste buds.

    I make Bailey’s at home. It costs 1/5th the cost of the original and taktes just as great. I get to enjoy it more.

    I would like to see your recipes posted on a ‘recipe page’.

    Here is the Bailey’s recipe from Eagle Brand:
    1 cup light cream
    1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
    1 2/3 cup Irish Whiskey
    1 t instant coffee
    2 ts chocolate syrup
    1 t vanilla extract
    1 t almond extract

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