recipes & how tos | mar. 20, 2021

Cold Brew Swizzle — The Best Cold Brew & Tequila Cocktail I Have Ever Tried

In my recent adventures in coffee cocktails – and cold brew cocktails in particular – I set for myself perhaps the ultimate mixological ambition: to create a timeliness and evergreen coffee cocktail. To create a legend, something that I could recommend to a friend, to my mom, to people who don’t even like coffee at all. Or even to people who don’t like tequila (if they exist), and have them all love it universally. I was trying to find a prototype of a cocktail that pleases most of the people I know. It had to be refreshing, not overly sweet, very visually appealing, and approachable. And it also had to have a wow” factor. No big deal, right?


Then it hit me: Mojito. That was IT. A refreshing combination of mint, rum, lime and soda water, the Mojito is a timeless classic drink for a reason – ultimate refreshment. But how do you incorporate coffee here? Is it enough to make it unique? I had my work cut out for me, so I first took a deep dive into the DNA” of the Mojito. I came across an entire category of cocktails called swizzles,” usually a type of drink that combines mint, spirit, citrus and occasionally bitters and takes its name from the technique used to chill and properly dilute the drink. Swizzling“ ingredients together with crushed or pellet ice was originally performed by spinning between your palms a special swizzle stick — a wooden tool that is actually a piece of the Quararibea turbinate, a tree particularly popular in the southern Caribbean islands. 


I also knew that in this case I wanted to use a heavily aged tequila — Patron Extra Anejo. This expression carries a lot of coffee notes already, so it was a perfect canvas. There is something very tropical in our Extra Anejo too, so i wanted to compliment it with matching exotic fruits or spices. After several versions I have landed on a quite unexpected result — spicy ginger was the way to go. I found it to be a perfect bridge from coffee to tequila and the ultimate wow factor this drink was looking for. Fresh mint comes into play too as it acts like a palette-cleanser between each sip, provoking another pour. The drink is finished with a couple dashes of coffee bitters. Making homemade coffee bitters could be a fun project for bartenders on its own, but that is a subject for another article. Meanwhile — enjoy this, as i believe it is ultimately the best cold brew cocktail recipe i have ever tried. 


More recipes and tips on how to use cold brew in mixed drinks can be found in the video below.

Author: Egor Polonskiy

Cold Brew Swizzle cocktail garnished with mint, ice, and coffee beans

Cold Brew Swizzle

  • 4 – 5 Fresh mint leaves
  • 1.5 oz Patrón Ańejo
  • .75 oz Ginger syrup
  • .5 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Cold brew coffee
  • 1 oz Sparkling water


Method: Build in a glass, swizzled with crushed ice

Preferred Glass: Highball glass

Garnish: Fresh mint and 3 dashes of coffee bitters

Preferred coffee & preparation: light body with mild acidity and citrus notes; cold brew method


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