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Shaft
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.7 / 5
The Shaft cocktail is a sophisticated blend that appeals to coffee and cream liquor enthusiasts, offering a rich tapestry of flavors. Featuring a foundation of robust coffee, the drink is ... more The Shaft cocktail is a sophisticated blend that appeals to coffee and cream liquor enthusiasts, offering a rich tapestry of flavors. Featuring a foundation of robust coffee, the drink is elevated with the addition of Crème de Cafe and Bailey's, infusing it with a creamy sweetness. Vodka adds a clean, sharp twist, ensuring the Shaft is as invigorating as it is indulgent. Served in a cocktail glass, this concoction provides a delightful sipping experience, perfect for those who appreciate a luxurious and warming drink. Its deep, complex flavor profile makes it a favorite among cocktail lovers seeking a unique and memorable beverage.
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Coffee
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14.33% | 1.93 units *
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Classic

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Shaft cocktail is a dream come true for those who cherish their coffee rich and their cocktails robust. The deep, bitter notes of the coffee beautifully sync with the smooth, sweet whispers of Crème de Cafe and Bailey's, while the vodka provides a crisp undertone that cuts through the creaminess, adding a spirited punch to each sip.

Method
How to make a Shaft

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Start by adding all the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice cubes
Vigorously shake the mixture for about 10-15 seconds, or until you notice the shaker's exterior getting frosted
Next, expertly fine strain the mixture to remove the smaller ice shards, pouring it into a glass filled to the brim with fresh ice
Finally, drop a straw into the glass for easy sipping
Enjoy your beautifully crafted cocktail!

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Shaft cocktail?

The Shaft cocktail originated in the late 20th century, gaining popularity as a late-night drink in various bars. Its exact origins are somewhat murky, but it's widely recognized for its rich, creamy flavor coupled with a coffee kick, making it a favorite among coffee and cocktail enthusiasts alike.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Shaft cocktail?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of the Shaft by substituting the alcoholic components with non-alcoholic alternatives. Use a non-alcoholic coffee-flavored syrup in place of the Crème de Cafe and a cream-based or non-dairy milk alternative for the Bailey's. Omit the vodka or use a non-alcoholic spirit designed to mimic vodka's flavor.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should I serve the Shaft cocktail for the best taste?

For the best taste, serve the Shaft cocktail in a lowball glass over ice. Ensure all ingredients are well chilled before mixing. Pouring the cocktail over ice immediately before serving helps to maintain its cold temperature without diluting the flavors too much.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What kind of food pairs well with a Shaft cocktail?

The Shaft, with its rich coffee and cream flavors, pairs wonderfully with dessert items, particularly those that include chocolate or coffee elements. It can also complement the savory richness of nuts, cheeses, or even smoked meats, offering a delightful contrast to these flavors.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the best way to store ingredients for the Shaft cocktail to maintain their quality?

To maintain the quality of the ingredients for the Shaft cocktail, store the coffee in an airtight container at room temperature and out of direct sunlight to preserve its flavor. The Crème de Cafe, Bailey's, and vodka should be stored in a cool, dark place, such as a liquor cabinet. Refrigerating the Bailey's after opening is recommended to keep it fresh.

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