Endless Night

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Cocktail History

The Endless Night is a modern cocktail that was created by author Jassy Davis and was first published in her book Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter. Based on the Black Russian, it calls for the classic’s spirit and coffee liqueur combination but substitutes the vodka for molasses-rich dark rum and tops it all with aromatic bitters and soda.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Coca-Cola: This is a carbonated soft drink made with coca leaf extract, caffeine, sugar, and carbonated water.

Dark Rum: This is a type of rum made with sugarcane and spices that has been barrel aged for a long period of time. We used Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaican Rum because it has an earthy finish with notes of caramelized banana, exotic fruits, and baking spices. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Caleño Dark & Spicy Tropical Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the rum.

Coffee Liqueur: This is a liqueur made with coffee, vanilla, sugar, and a neutral grain spirit. We used Kahlúa Coffee Liqueur because it has a sweet coffee flavor and notes of vanilla. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Coffee Originale in place of the coffee liqueur.

Angostura Aromatic Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with botanicals. They add more spice and complexity to the drink and tie the other flavors together. For a mocktail version of this drink, try All The Bitter Alcohol-Free Aromatic Bitters in place of the bitters.

Tasting Notes

The Endless Night features strong, funky aromas of rum and cola, but the flavor is a softer tapestry featuring syrupy sweet cola initially, which gives way to more rum with slight coffee notes and a rum-and-coke-like flavor lingering on the aftertaste.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: As much as we love it, our use of Smith & Cross here was our folly because it bullied the other ingredients a bit too much; however, the drink was still super tasty, and we’d highly recommend making these but with a slightly less challenging rum.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“For a fairly simple drink that you could probably get away with ordering at any old dive bar, this one has a lot of flavor. The Coke is surprisingly lost in the mixture of everything else and really only provides a sweetness and stretches the drink with effervescence while the coffee backs up the rum. For a weird drink, it’s quite tasty, and our choice of spirits made it a little more contemplative than crushable, something that’s always welcome to us when we’re mixing with sugary sodas.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This was our first year trying recipes with Smith & Cross rum, which is notorious for its uniquely funky flavor. I’ll admit, I don’t think I really cared all that much for any of those drinks because I like a more classic rum flavor, but this cocktail might change my mind if I have it a few times. I do think I’d like this even more with another less prominent rum, but overall, it was very tasty. The soda cuts the rum well, while the coffee liqueur rounds out the aftertaste with a noticeable sweetness. The Endless Night probably won’t land in my at-home rotation because I try to avoid soda, but I would drink this again in a pinch at a bar since most would likely have the ingredients on hand.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter by Jassy Davis.

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Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn and Winter
Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn and Winter
Hardcover Book; Davis, Jassy (Author); English (Publication Language); 144 Pages – 09/01/2020 (Publication Date) – HarperCollins (Publisher)
$10.39

AuthorWinter Warmers

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 3 oz Coca-Cola
 ¾ oz Dark Rum
 ¾ oz Coffee Liqueur
 3 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters

Method
1

Add rum, coffee liqueur, bitters, and ice to a lowball or short highball glass.

2

Stir for 5-7 seconds.

3

Top with soda.

4

Stir for 3-5 more seconds.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 3 oz Coca-Cola
 ¾ oz Dark Rum
 ¾ oz Coffee Liqueur
 3 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters

Directions

Method
1

Add rum, coffee liqueur, bitters, and ice to a lowball or short highball glass.

2

Stir for 5-7 seconds.

3

Top with soda.

4

Stir for 3-5 more seconds.

Endless Night

Make It a Mocktail: Use Caleño Dark & Spicy Tropical Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the rum, Lyre’s Coffee Originale in place of the coffee liqueur, and All The Bitter Alcohol-Free Aromatic Bitters in place of the bitters to try a booze-free version of this drink.

Tools & Glassware We Recommend

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More Coffee Cocktails

If you like this coffee-flavored cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

White Russian Cocktail Recipe

White Russian: A rum cocktail made with coffee liqueur, Luxardo Amaro Abano, amaretto liqueur, and half & half

Sabueso Old Fashioned

Sabueso Old Fashioned: A tequila and mezcal cocktail made with caramel coffee syrup, coffee and cocoa bitters, and an orange peel

Pumpkin Spiced Espresso Martini Cocktail Recipe

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Cold Brew Brandy Alexander Cocktail Recipe

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