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5 Buzz-Worthy Coffee Cocktails

Zoe Constantinidis | October 5, 2020 | Food & Drink

These coffee cocktails from top bars match the city that never sleeps.

blood of my enemies bumuBlood of My Enemies at Būmu


Beverage Director Anthony Merlino developed the Espresso Milkshake to harken back to peaceful childhood memories at the local diner. Merlino puts an emphasis on high-grade coffee: “Using quality coffee will help to bind all the flavors in the drink together,” he says. Mixologists fuse Buffalo Trace Bourbon with Baileys and espresso, then shake the mixture until frothy. 26 Vanderbilt Ave.,


In the heart of the West Village, izakaya-style restaurant Būmu debuts its own coffee cocktail with Blood of My Enemies. Named after the famous metal song by Manowar, the drink combines dark rum, coffee and pineapple with a hint of ginger to complement chef Joaquin Baca’s specialized menu, available through takeout or delivery. 61 W. 8th St.,

j bespoke nitro cold brew martiniJ. Bespoke’s nitro cold brew martini

Fish Cheeks

Seafood-centric Thai restaurant Fish Cheeks puts a boozy spin on the classic Thai iced coffee with its aptly named concoction No Sleep. The blend of High West Bourbon, cold brew liqueur, cinnamon syrup and almond milk creates a drink meant to keep the night going from sundown to sunup. 55 Bond St.,

J. Bespoke

Stepping through the brass doors behind Devoción Coffee, customers find themselves in speakeasy-style bar J. Bespoke. Run by brothers Jesse and Erin Jacobs, the speakeasy fills an untapped niche of luxury sports bars. Gather for a game in the upscale setting and indulge in the bar’s signature nitro cold brew martini. Using Belvedere, Amaro Montenegro, Devoción cold brew coffee and honey, the cocktail has quickly become a staple at J. Bespoke. 121 E. 27th St.,

eight ball thyme barThe Eight Ball at Thyme Bar


The sustainable Thyme bar repurposed coffee from the upstairs bakery to invent the Eight Ball. The bar describes the beverage as “like sitting next to a cold window in a warm coffee shop in New Orleans” and is a mix of rye whiskey, coffee, five spice, chicory and local honey. 20 W. 23rd St., Reopening dates and takeout availability vary.

Tags: coffee

Photography by: Blood of My Enemies photo by Nitzan Rubin; Nitro Cold Brew Martini photo by Andrew Bu; Eight Ball photo courtesy of Thyme Bar