Kaffe & Kirsebær from No.2 - one of the best cocktail bars in Copenhagen. Includes the new Mexican Coffee Liqueur from Copenhagen Distillery. Photo by Alexander Banck Petersen, photographer for Cocktails of Copenhagen.

Kaffe & Kirsebær

In the trending category of light cocktails

At No.2 they don’t serve mojitos. Not because it’s a bad cocktail, but because they don’t carry lime and mint in the bar because those particular ingredients don’t mix well with aquavit. Bar manager Sune Urth only allows a maximum of two cocktails on the menu that are a not aquavit based. One of them is “Kaffe og Kirsebær” (coffee and cherries). This honorary exception to the rule is due to the fact that the base of this cocktail is Sune’s own coffee liqueur made in collaboration with Copenhagen Distillery.

The name of the cocktail describes what’s in it. No fancy pancy word play here, just a clear reference to the ingredients used – as is the case for most restaurant courses. “Kaffe og Kirsebær” is a light cocktail – it only contains the amount of alcohol that the liqueur adds to the equation. Light cocktails are trending at the moment as many like to enjoy many different cocktails at the many cocktail bars in Copenhagen while maintaining a clear head.

4 cl Mexican coffee liqueur
2 cl Heering cherry liqueur
Van Oosten infused full cream

Stir with ice. Serve in a cocktail glass and top with some full cream shaken with Van Oosten, which adds a herby and spicy aroma to the cocktail. Garnish with nutmeg.

The coffee liqueur from Copenhagen Distillery is a succesful result of a four clover collaboration: Bo Blindkilde, who owns the coffee plantagen Pura Vida in Mexico (www.cafepuravida.com), Copenhagen Distillery, Sune Urth and Kontra Kaffe who offered to supply a professional coffee brewing apparatus for the cause and to roast Bo’s beans in accordance with the specific demands for the liqueur.

The coffee beans are roasted in two different ways, a very light roast to preserve the light and fruity notes and a medium dark roast to bring out the bitter qualities of the coffee. The amount of sugar used is kept to an absolute minimum. Instead organic lemon peel and green anise is added to perfect the balance of taste and aroma in the liqueur.

“Kaffe og Kirsebær” is a simple and sublime way to enjoy this Danish/Mexican Coffee Liqueur.

For one of Sune’s aquavit cocktails check out his “Green Old Fashioned“.

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Thomas Klem Andersen
I believe that true mastery eventually leads to original creation given the right conditions. I love creative cocktails that push the limits of flavor pairing. But I can't deny I have a personal preference for whisky and love everything that is clear and stirred.