Chill Summer Breeze

by Warren Bobrow

Summer has started with a fit.  One day it is 90 degrees with dripping humidity, the next pouring rain and barely 60.  What should I create that satisfies both thirst and the fickle weather?

Create a drink that is delicious for both the hot and the cool weather.  But how do I do this?

By using coffee.  Coffee drinks are intriguing.  Coffee adds a lovely edge to cool drinks, while in the alter-ego, adds a deep direction to hot ones as well. 

First we must brew our own coffee.  To this note, I say brew your own.  Supermarket coffee will not work, nor will coffee served in paper cups from the mega-chains that proliferate around our towns.  Extra strong, not necessarily charred and burnt coffee is what makes these drinks extra flavorful. 

I recommend grinding your own beans for each pot.  If you don’t have a coffee grinder, why not go down to your local Williams-Sonoma shop and buy one!  Then you can also buy a Melitta ceramic filter holder and some filters.  This is what I’ve used to brew coffee for over thirty years now.  The coffee turns out robust and flavor driven.  For all those who think that a donut shop can brew a fine cup of real coffee, think again.  There is nothing better in a coffee cocktail than the main ingredient. Coffee!

The Chill Summer Breeze Cocktail needs extra strong coffee.  I suggest using espresso mixed with French Roast or Italian Roast coffee.  Grind as usual, filter into a cup and let cool (if this is a cool drink). If it is a hot one, keep the coffee very hot.


  • 2 Shots of really strong coffee
  • 1 Shot Snap (USDA Certified Organic Ginger)
  • 1 Shot Cockspur 12 year Rum
  • Cane Sugar to taste
  • Freshly whipped cream (for the hot drink)
  • Whole milk (for the cold version)


For the cold version:

  • Brew your coffee
  • To a cocktail shaker: fill ¼ with ice
  • Add Liquors
  • Add Cane Sugar to desired sweetness
  • Shake and pour into a tall glass with plenty of ice

For the hot version:

  • Keep the coffee very hot
  • Add Liquors
  • Add sweetener
  • Add a nice dollop of freshly whipped cream (Essential! Throw out cream in cans!)
  • Sip and sleep

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