August - National Coffee Month! Recipes by Alie and Georgia feature 'coffee cocktails"

Cooking Channel hosts Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark are known for cocktails that are as tasty as they are daring. The duo has come up with some new and interesting combinations in honor of National Coffee Month in August, and have a few tips to share when concocting with coffee.

Carajillo 43
Alie and Georgia say: Simple but delicious. That’s why we love this one. Licor 43 is sweet and has wonderful vanilla notes, making it a great complement to so many cocktails. This makes a great after-dinner drink.

  • 1-1/2 oz Licor 43
  • 3 oz Espresso, chilled
~Pour ingredients in a glass over ice and serve. Pretend it was harder to make.

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Limoncello Iced Latte
Alie and Georgia say: This playful cocktail brings that sweet tartness of limoncello together with coffee and trust us: your Sunday brunches just went next-level delicious.

  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 oz Villa Massa Limoncello
  • 2-1/2  oz coffee
  • Splash of cream
  • Whipped cream
~Pour Limoncello and Grand Marnier into glass coffee cup or mug, over ice. Top with coffee and cream, stir well, then garnish with whipped cream -- because you deserve it.

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Orange You Glad It's Got Tequila?
Alie & Georgia say: The reposado tequila gives this cocktail some oaky depth, but the orange liqueur lends brightness and sweetness. The espresso has a smoky complexity and when stirred over ice and garnished with an orange peel, you have a rich and sophisticated sipper.

  • 1-1/2 oz. Reposado tequila
  • 3/4 oz. Orange liqueur
  • 3/4 oz. Espresso, chilled (we used NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto)
~Add all the ingredients to a tall glass or a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Stir with a long spoon (don't shake) for 30 seconds to a minute, and strain into an up glass.
~Garnish with a strip of orange peel, spiraled inside the glass.

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Amaro Amore
Alie & Georgia say: Amaros are Italian herbal liqueurs, rich and syrupy, bitter and sweet with deep herbaceous aromas. We made this stirred drink and it turned out to be a perfect balance between the snap of the rye in the whiskey, the herbal sweet notes from the amaro. The slightly bitter and chocolaty espresso marries those flavors together, cuts the sweetness and gives it complexity. And Luxardo cherries are maraschino sophisticated older sister, so make sure you use these classy, dark red berries instead of the garish red ones you see at dive bars.  This cocktail would be perfect for sitting in a leather club chair after dinner, talking about your guests’ world travels. Or the latest Real Housewives episode.

  • 1-1/2 oz. Rye or bourbon
  • 3/4 oz. Averna amaro
  • 1/2 oz. Espresso, chilled (we used NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto)
~Add first three ingredients to a tall glass or shaker. Add ice. Stir with a long spoon (don't shake) and strain into an up glass.
~Garnish with one Luxardo cherry.

Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark are best friends who, after posting their viral video for a cocktail called “The McNuggetini,” went on to take the libation world by storm and have since created more palatable beverages for both television and the web. Their web series, “Classy Ladies With Alie & Georgia,” appeared on for two seasons, and their debut TV show, “Tripping Out With Alie & Georgia,” premiered last year on the Cooking Channel. They write about cocktail trends for KCET, and can also be seen on Cooking Channel's “Unique Sweets.”