Island Hi-Lo

Authormshinty

Most days I am a morning coffee drinker, so I was drawn to the idea of bringing breakfast flavors into a recipe. The citrus brightness, the piquancy of pineapple, and the hint of cinnamon nicely complement the layered coffee intensity of Mr. Black and a shot of espresso. The Island Hi-Lo is the taste of morning, energizing and relaxing both, the perfect way to set your course for a great day.

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 1 oz Cognac(Pierre Ferrand 1840)
 0.75 oz Mr Black Coffee Liqueur
 0.75 oz Light Rum(Plantation 3 Star, El Dorado 3 Year)
 0.75 oz Lemon Juice
 0.50 oz Unsweetened Pineapple Juice
 0.50 oz Cinnamon Syrup
 0.50 oz Espresso
1

Add all ingredients to a shaker along with a large piece of orange peel (with as little white pith as possible).

2

Shake vigorously with a mix of crushed and cubed ice, and strain into a coupe or equivalent.

3

Garnish with a single coffee bean.

Ingredients

 1 oz Cognac(Pierre Ferrand 1840)
 0.75 oz Mr Black Coffee Liqueur
 0.75 oz Light Rum(Plantation 3 Star, El Dorado 3 Year)
 0.75 oz Lemon Juice
 0.50 oz Unsweetened Pineapple Juice
 0.50 oz Cinnamon Syrup
 0.50 oz Espresso

Directions

1

Add all ingredients to a shaker along with a large piece of orange peel (with as little white pith as possible).

2

Shake vigorously with a mix of crushed and cubed ice, and strain into a coupe or equivalent.

3

Garnish with a single coffee bean.

Island Hi-Lo

6 Comments

    1. I’ve made it with a few different coffee preparations, including Aeropress and pour-over, both of which worked but did not pack quite the same taste punch as the espresso (though the Aeropress was pretty close, I used a 20g coffee to 50g water ratio). If you use another coffee prep, make it strong, you want a flavour that will stand up to other ingredients and expand on the Mr. Black Coffee presence!

      Hope this helps, let me know how you get on!

      1. I neglected to mention that a stove top moka pot is another alternative that some folks might have on hand. I also meant to mention that I found non-espresso coffee resulted in a slightly sweeter cocktail, so you might want to pour slightly heavy on the rum and cognac to counter that tendency.

        Thanks again!

  1. Michael, I got some espresso finally so I could make this. What a pleasing cocktail! The cognac really adds a nice note and I absolutely love the coffee+pineapple combo. Great job.

    1. Thanks Nathan, really appreciate the comments! Fun to develop, and a chance to combine my loves of coffee and cocktails in one drink.

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