Lucrenzia's Coffee Recipe

Lucrenzia's Coffee Recipe

This brunch drink is based on the café Borgia, which is the first coffee drink I ever tried. Espresso, chocolate, steamed milk and orange zest: I was hooked. This grownup version is made with chilled Stumptown coffee, homemade coffee liqueur, a little chocolate liqueur, a dash of orange bitters, and topped with frothed milk.

  • Yield:1 cocktail
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:3 hours if making coffee liqueur


  • Homemade Coffee Liqueur
  • 1/2 cup freshly-ground coffee
  • 8 ounces vodka
  • 8 ounces water
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • For Cocktail:
  • Ice
  • 4 ounces brewed coffee, chilled
  • 1 ounce chocolate liqueur or creme de cacao
  • 3 ounces coffee liqueur
  • dash orange bitters
  • 4 ounces milk


  1. 1.

    To make the coffee liqueur: Pour ground coffee and vodka into a jar with a lid. Affix the lid and shake the jar to mix the contents, and set in a sunny window for a few hours. When the vodka has become very dark and infused with coffee, strain in a French press or pour through a coffee filter. Add water and sugar (sugar dissolves best in warm water). Store in an airtight bottle or jar.

  2. 2.

    For the cocktail: Fill a pint glass with ice. Pour in the liqueurs and dash of bitters; stir. In a separate jar with a lid, shake up the milk until frothy, then pour on top of the cocktail.