Moment of Clarity [Cocktail Recipe]

This cocktail was created by Austin Carson, bartender and co-owner of Restaurant Olivia in Denver. “Think Irish Coffee meets the Manhattan,” Carson says. This chilled-cream topped cocktail is perfect for a brisk fall day. Recipe makes 10 servings.

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  • 1 cup Elijah Craig Small Batch bourbon (or other low-rye bourbon)
  • 4 cups sweetened Earl Grey tea (recipe below)
  • 2 oz. Bacardi Coconut rum
  • 2 oz. Giffard Banane du Brésil
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • ¼ orange, zested
  • Unsweetened whipped cream sprinkled with nutmeg for garnish


Combine all ingredients in a sealable container, like a glass flip-top bottle. Shake to combine, then refrigerate for 24 hours. When ready to serve, strain through a towel to remove solids and add to a Crock-Pot set to high for 30 minutes. Once hot, reduce heat to warm. Ladle into an Irish Coffee mug and top with unsweetened whipped cream.

Sweetened Earl Grey Tea

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Earl Grey tea bags

Combine water and sugar in a pot over high heat. Bring to a boil. Once sugar is dissolved, remove from heat, add tea bags, and steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove tea bag before using.

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