Mocha Rum Toddy

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Cocktail History

The Mocha Rum Toddy is a simple variation of the classic hot toddy that was created by Nick Mautone and included in his book The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails. Inspired by the natural flavor combination of mocha and molasses, this cocktail uses coffee as the base, pairs it with dark rum, and adds cacao and whipped cream to give it a delightful sweetness perfect for post-dinner sipping.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Coffee: This is the base liquid. We used a medium roast coffee from our local grocer.

Dark Rum: This is the base spirit. We used Appleton Estate’s Gold Jamaican Rum because it’s a great affordable spirit with notes of spices and vanilla that pair well with coffee and chocolate. 

Dark Crème De Cacao: This is a liqueur that adds dark chocolate notes. We used one of these made by DeKuyper.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with sugar and water. You can buy bottled simple syrup in a store, but we made ours at home using Alex’s recipe because it tastes better fresh and is very easy to make.

Whipped Cream: This is swirled on top for foamy texture and additional sweetness. We used Reddi-Wip from the can for easier application, but you can also make whipped cream at home using an iSi Cream Whipper.

Cocoa Powder: This is a garnish. It’s sprinkled on top and adds more chocolate aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Mocha Rum Toddy features pleasant cocoa aromas, the comfortingly warm initial taste of coffee and chocolate backed with a hint of rum’s sweet spiciness, and the aftertaste of deep chocolate and coffee notes. 

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: This is another drink we both really enjoyed! Alex already loves just about anything coffee and thought the chocolate was a cozy addition. And Kendall, who doesn’t usually go for coffee cocktails, found it to be just the right balance of bitter and sweet.

Alex’s Take: “As a coffee lover, I’m always looking for a good coffee cocktail, and this one delivers. The pleasant sweet tastes of rum and chocolate combined with dark black coffee create drink that has only a bit of bitterness and a lot of character from the alcoholic ingredients. Plus, it’s topped with a float of whipped cream that gives it a true dessert-like quality. This drink is definitely a cozy one for cold winter nights, and I can see myself making a few more of these in the coming winter.”

Kendall’s Take: “I don’t usually find myself craving coffee cocktails or anything coffee flavored for that matter because most are much too bitter for my palate, but the Mocha Rum Toddy was delicious. Not too bitter, not too sweet, and the whipped cream with cocoa sprinkled on top made it extra tasty. If you’re wanting a warm and boozy coffee drink that will get ya there on a chilly evening, this is a winner.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails by Nick Mautone.

AuthorThe Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday CocktailsPrep Time10 minsRating

Ingredients
 4 oz Coffee
 1 oz Dark Rum
 1 oz Dark Crème De Cacao
 1 Bar Spoon Homemade Simple Syrup
 Whipped Cream
 Cocoa Powder

Method
1

Make a pot of coffee.

2

Pour 4 oz coffee into an Irish coffee mug.

3

Add rum, dark crème de cacao, and simple syrup.

4

Stir for 10-15 seconds.

5

Top with whipped cream and cocoa powder.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 4 oz Coffee
 1 oz Dark Rum
 1 oz Dark Crème De Cacao
 1 Bar Spoon Homemade Simple Syrup
 Whipped Cream
 Cocoa Powder

Directions

Method
1

Make a pot of coffee.

2

Pour 4 oz coffee into an Irish coffee mug.

3

Add rum, dark crème de cacao, and simple syrup.

4

Stir for 10-15 seconds.

5

Top with whipped cream and cocoa powder.

Mocha Rum Toddy

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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:

Cold Brew Brandy Alexander: A brandy cocktail made with cold-brew coffee liqueur, dark crème de cacao, heavy cream, and coffee beans

Pumpkin Spiced Espresso Martini: A vanilla vodka cocktail made with espresso, coffee liqueur, pumpkin spice syrup, and grated nutmeg

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

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

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