While we all know about pairing our wine with certain foods, have you ever thought about pairing your wine with another beverage? Not just any old beverage, but everyone’s favorite drink (next to the wine of course!) – coffee!
So many of us spend our days drinking coffee and then when the time is right, we switch over to a nice glass of wine. But, what if you could combine the two? Yes, it’s really a thing, wine and coffee lovers rejoice! Wine infused with coffee is a real thing!
Wine and coffee are two drinks that while quite different in nature, can be successfully combined together. Some gourmets find a special charm in this unusual taste, and the French even have a separate cocktail made from coffee and wine.
Most bars don’t serve this unusual combination, but you can try making coffee and wine at home to see if it suits your palate. You might discover some new cocktails to add to your repertoire.
What Is The Name Of Coffee With Wine?
The name was invented by the French – they call it “cafe au vin”, however, not just a mixture of two ingredients, but a full-fledged cocktail, and we will tell you how to prepare it. But a common name for the simplest drink, familiar to everyone, does not exist – perhaps because the combination is rather unusual, and there are few fans.
However, if you like trying interesting things and discovering new flavors, you should try this cocktail too.
What Is The Taste Of Coffee With Wine?
It is difficult to answer unequivocally here: it all depends on the original ingredients. Coffee can be very different depending on the beans used and how they are roasted and the coffee is prepared. Every bottle of wine offers a full range of shades, tastes, notes, and aromas. So, it’s virtually impossible to describe the taste to you as everyone’s drinks will be different.
It has been argued that dry wine will hamper the coffee taste – so that’s something to keep in mind if you’re going to try combining your coffee and wine. Also, remember that espresso can be brewed more concentrated and less alcohol can be added – so there are ways of manipulating the flavors involved to better suit your personal taste.
Yes, in any case, you get a pronounced bitterness with sourness, but there are lovers of such combinations. It is more often recommended to use dessert and fortified varieties of wine, in which case the taste will be richer due to the natural sugar in the drink.
How To Drink Coffee With Wine
Hot coffee with wine – for cold winter and autumn, this is a bit like coffee mulled wine.
Alcohol can be warmed up, but if you add a little, you can pour it in and so, in a freshly brewed drink it will just open up and slightly cool it so that you can drink it without scalding. You can use spices for mulled wine, an orange slice, honey, and more.
Cold coffee with wine is the way French people love to drink this beverage. True, there are also a lot of spices and oranges, but the French make coffee very strong and then cool the whole cocktail with ice.
The taste is rich, bright, and invigorating – what you need to refresh yourself after the summer heat and a long day.
Recipes For Coffee With Wine
We’re going to be looking at the options for the cold drink variety of coffee with wine, we’re all about wine coolers after all so it makes sense that we’re looking at the cooler option! To make a cool or cold coffee with wine, you’ll want to prepare strong coffee for it in advance.
Based on the data from MyFriendsCoffee, an espresso must be made in an espresso machine and be stronger than you normally drink, so that its taste is not lost when you combine it with the wine. It is better for the chilled drink to spend 10-12 hours in the refrigerator. This can be prepared well in advance if preferred as it will not deteriorate there for about 5-7 days.
Espresso and sherry
One of the basic combinations is quite refined and successful. Add a little sherry to the chilled espresso (even in equal proportions). You will end up with a complex mix of flavors, but it will definitely be interesting. A couple of ice cubes in a shot glass and this cocktail is guaranteed to cheer you up.
Espresso with Cabernet
Friends Fun Wine has chosen this interesting combination for industrial production, but they use decaf coffee. You can easily prepare a regular or decaf espresso at home. The cocktail has a “rich taste of Cabernet grapes, espresso coffee and shades of chocolate.” Pour 1-2 tablespoons into your drink and just taste.
Cappuccino with Port
Another combination that is impressive. Someone decided to try mixing two of their favorite drinks together and realized that this is, of course, a little crazy, but definitely delicious. White port is added to milk and whipped with it. Well, then everything is simple: a glass, ice, espresso, and an amazing wine milk froth that you have never tasted before!
Iced Coffee and Chardonnay
Lovers of sour shades, like lemon flavor will like this quirky combination. The simplest recipe is coffee, ice, maybe sugar, and Chardonnay – from a couple of spoons to a generous serving. Keep in mind that from different manufacturers Chardonnay is even semi-sweet, but it is better to take a real dry one. A very refreshing cocktail!
There are no rules when it comes to mixing coffee with wine. Have fun, experiment and discover your own special coffee and wine drink made especially for you, by you!