The Wren’s stout cocktail is a perfect combination, if we ever saw one. It fuses together Irish whiskey and stout (which are downers) with coffee (an upper). The result? Balance, like everything is right in the universe.
If you’ve never heard of The Wren, it’s a pub over at the Bowery in New York. If a visit isn’t in the cards anytime soon, trying out this recipe should be the next best thing. Here’s how to put a stout cocktail together.
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 2 cups of water
- 1 and 1/2 oz. of cold-brew coffee
- 1 oz. of Irish whiskey
- 1/2 oz. of simple syrup
- Stout (The Wren uses Guinness)
- Cocktail shaker
- Highball glass
- Place the sugar in a medium-sized saucepan. Stir as you cook it over high heat until the sugar caramelizes, dissolves, and starts to smoke a little.
- Once the sugar is completely dissolved, add the water and stir to mix them together.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.
- Strain any chunks of burnt sugar, then transfer the syrup to a clean glass jar. Cover the jar and keep it refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
- Combine the whiskey, coffee, and simple syrup in the cocktail shaker, then add ice.
- Shake the concoction until it’s chilled.
- Strain the cocktail into a highball glass filled with ice. Top it off with the stout.
- Serve and enjoy.