September 5th, 2013 by Dipsomaniac

Get Bucked Up at Starbucks


Everybody knows that it’s generally a bad idea to give coffee to somebody who’s drunk, because all you end up with is a wide-awake drunk. But what about booze in a coffee shop? Now that’s a novel idea.

And we’re not just talking about coffee drinks or crappuccino-flavored liqueurs. Starbucks is expanding their “Starbucks Evenings” beer and wine sales into new markets after a successful trial in selected cities. Since fewer folks drink coffee at night and there seems to be a Starbucks on just about every corner, that’s some pretty expensive wasted real estate after the caffeine buzz wears off.

Now patrons can enjoy beer and wine in twenty different locations, though unfortunately not in Nashville yet. Luckily spots like Portland Brew, Frothy Monkey and Bongo Java have beer and wine programs to go along with some great java, so we can still enjoy their free internet long after our need to be alert has passed.

If you do want a nice coffee drink, let me recommend New Orleans Coffee Liqueur from Bittermen’s. Rather than being a cloyingly sweet syrupy liqueur, Bittermen’s takes advantage of their New Orleans heritage to create a product based on the strong chicory-based coffee of the Big Easy. With generations of drinkers needing something to wake themselves up, New Orleans knows how to make you stand at attention in the morning.

The Bittermen’s New Orleans Coffee Liqueur does sweeten the recipe a little bit with the addition of a touch of vanilla and a handful of cacao nibs from Taza Chocolate, and a final dash of domestic Belgian-style candi syrup. The result is a really tasty coffee liqueur that has so much more depth of flavor than Godivabucks or whatever is probably languishing in your freezer right now. Pick some up today at many finer local liquor stores like Harvest Wine Market, Pour Vous in Hendersonville, Red in Bellevue, The Wine Shoppe in Green Hills and West Meade Wine and Liquor Mart.

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