Holly Jolly Pick Me Up: Coffee and Beer Cocktail

It’s Wednesday and couldn’t we all be tempted to sneak a little somethin’ somethin’ into our coffees this morning? Oh that’s just me? Ok. This little concoction was brewed (ha) up in the morning but I think it’s perfectly fitting to imbibe any time of day. Especially for dessert! Rich, Russian Stout with dark, cold brew coffee, topped with some creamy whip and voila!
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It only takes a few ingredients to get this cocktail going. I do recommend making the simple syrup… dark brown sugar, oh yes!

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Holly Jolly Pick Me Up: Coffee and Beer Cocktail

Makes one drink

 – 1 dark beer (Russian Imperial Stout works best)

– 2 ounces espresso, room temperature

– 1 ounce brown sugar cinnamon syrup

– whipped cream

– sprinkles

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Simple Syrup
 – 1/2 cup water

– 1/2 cup dark brown sugar

– 2 teaspoons cinnamon



  1. Begin by making the simple syrup. Combine equal parts water and brown sugar with cinnamon into a small pot.
  2. Over medium heat, stir until the sugar melts and everything is well combined. Set aside and let this come to room temperature.
  3. Pour the stout into a glass. Add the espresso. I use a cold brew concentrate, if you can’t find anything like that at your store, make an espresso and let it come to room temperature. No espresso maker? Basically make some really, really strong coffee!
  4. Now add the simple syrup. Pro tip: a regular sized shot glass is one ounce. You can use that to measure with! Give everything a good stir. Cute, paper straws really help with this.
  5. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles, because yes. It is way more festive that way!

Coffee and Beer Holiday Cocktail 8_Natalie ParamoreThis is a cocktail even Santa couldn’t say no to!

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  1. Reply

    Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat

    December 5, 2013

    The best part about working from home 😉
    These are so gorgeous!

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    December 11, 2013

    I love everything about this! 1.) My husband is obsessed with coffee porters, so he will LOVE this. 2.) I have been wanting to try a cold brew for awhile, so might have to purchase that. 3.) Marshmallow whipped cream?! Where ever did you find that?! Have to find. Really enjoying your blog Natalie. Fun to see that you are based in my hometown too. 🙂

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      Natalie Paramore

      December 11, 2013

      Hi Bree! I found the marshmallow whipped cream at River City Market on South Congress. We will have to meet up sometime in Austin!


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