Drinking your breakfast is now socially acceptable. That’s because clever bartenders are infusing classic AM flavors into their creations. Here are 10 breakfast-inspired cocktails to put some pep in your step.
All The Way Up at Farmers & Distillers, Washington, D.C.
Get your motor runnin’ with this high-octane fuel. It’s forged from distilled-in-house Founding Spirits vodka, cold brew coffee, coconut milk, coffee syrup, and cognac. Pairs well with doughnuts – a phrase that always makes us smile. Make a reservation at Farmers & Distillers.
AM Old Fashioned at Grayson Social, Dallas, Texas
All the components of a balanced breakfast. Well, some of them at least. Bacon-infused bourbon sweetened with maple syrup gets a citrus-y lift from fresh orange peel and orange bitters. Make a reservation at Grayson Social.
Mitches & Joes at Kapnos, Washington, D.C.
You’ve never eaten Fruity Pebbles this way before. The rim sports a rainbow of the crushed cereal. Inside the glass, a mixture of Diplomatico anejo rum, espresso, honey, maple, vanilla, and egg white is served over ice. Make a reservation at Kapnos.
Early Bird at Bird Café, Fort Worth, Texas
Cocktail lovers and coffee connoisseurs will be equally smitten. A blend of Sailor Jerry spiced rum, Licor 43, cold brew coffee, and almond milk is poured over espresso ice cubes. High voltage joltage! Make a reservation at Bird Café.
Temper Tantrum at Lockbox, Lexington, Kentucky
Grapefruit is rich with fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, which is why it’s a breakfast staple. Here the pink fruit’s juice is transformed into a bright cordial, which is coupled with gin and lime juice. Sounds healthy to us! Make a reservation at Lockbox.
A Gentleman’s Breakfast at Ray’s & Stark Bar, Los Angeles, California
Pairing well with sweet and savory morning fare, this tipple is guaranteed to perk you up. Cold brew coffee is sweetened with maple syrup and given a darker tone with the incorporation of black walnut bitters, while Café Lolita coffee liqueur and H by Hine cognac add a bracing backbone. It’s topped off with cream and espresso dust. Make a reservation at Ray’s and Stark Bar.
Caribbean Iced Coffee at Palm House, San Francisco, California
Sometimes simple is best. Mount Gay Black Barrel rum is combined with cold brew coffee, coconut cream, and mint. Close your eyes and take a sip and you’ll swear you’re breakfasting on the beach. Make a reservation at Palm House.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash at The Front Yard, Los Angeles, California
A is for Apple, J is for Jacks — and T is for Tequila. Don Felix’s anejo is mixed with apple shrubs and cinnamon syrup while the iconic cereal adds a tart sweetness. Make a reservation at The Front Yard.
Brandy Milk Punch at SoBou, New Orleans, Louisiana
Honey Nut Cheerios-infused dark rum. We didn’t know such a thing existed, but now we can’t live without it. It’s mixed with holiday pie bitters, honey syrup, and milk to make a punch to which nobody can say no. Make a reservation at SoBou.
Greek Frappe at Sakerum, Washington, D.C.
The Greco great is remade as a boozy breakfast beverage. Smith & Cross rum gets paired with cinnamon, instant coffee, and cream. It comes with a doublewide straw so your slurps will be extra loud – beware. Make a reservation at Sakerum.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credit: Greg Powers (Kapnos); Marcella Thompkins (Rays and Starks).