Third wave coffee is infiltrating the drinks cabinet. Irish brand Black Twist has recently launched a spirit called Hard Coffee, cold brewing finely ground coffee in Irish whiskey to create a drink with less sweetness and more character. Says founder Conor Coughlan, ‘It can be used to create a range of coffee cocktails that go beyond the Espresso Martini.’

His recommendations include Irish Cold Brew Martini (adding Irish whiskey, stout and whipped cream) and Cold Brew Spritz (adding Aperol and tonic water). And it’s not just whiskey getting a new coffee hit. Faith & Sons has made a coffee gin and Patrón a coffee tequila, Chase has created an espresso vodka, while Australian brand Mr Black blends cold brew coffee with 14 distilled botanicals. §

As originally featured in the September 2018 issue of Wallpaper* (W*234), and shot inside London’s Royal Opera House, which has been newly reconfigured by Stanton Williams.