Twin Peaks Eats: Black As Midnight Cocktail

All Twin Peaks fans–(what are we Peakers? Like Trekkies or Fannibals? Someone tell me, please)–know exactly how Dale Cooper likes his coffee:

So I have whipped up a cocktail that is not only as black as midnight on a moonless night, but as dark as Evil Coop’s soul.

Speaking of which, what are we calling him? Evil Coop? Bad Dale? Doppleganger? WIG?


Is it possible that I may be the first person to use a Real Housewives reference when talking about Twin Peaks?

Whatever. I still can’t get over Kyle MacLachlin’s wig.

BUT! I can whip up a cocktail with coffee!

Black as Midnight Cocktail

(makes 1 cocktail)

  • 2 oz. sweet vermouth, preferably Italian
  • 1½ oz. amaro (preferably Averna)
  • 1½ oz. coffee, cold
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • Club soda

Combine all ingredients in a big glass, stir. Add ice cubes and top off with seltzer or club soda.

Full disclosure: to make this drink, I actually had to go out and buy a coffee-making apparatus. This was a smart move because whenever I have friends stay with me they inevitably ask if I have coffee and I then feel bad because I have to tell them that they need to go out and get one.

So I bought a French Press and some coffee.

If you are a regular reader, you know that I detest wasting foodstuffs. And I definitely didn’t want to waste ground coffee for just one drink and throw the remainder out. It seems like when I store coffee in the fridge or the freezer it makes other things smell like coffee or then the coffee smells like other things.


But last month I received a few glass containers by the fine people at Infinity Jars. Their 500ml Glass-on-glass Apothecary Jar fit the bill; and although it was just a touch smaller than the 10 oz bag of ground coffee, it’s been great in every other way. They are scent-proof and have an airtight seal. Plus, the glass itself is very much like midnight on a moonless night


Plus it just looks pretty hanging out on my counter. And the UV light filtering glass looks super-cool from the inside.

So far, I am a fan of these cool glass bottles.

But now to the drink!

This drink tastes like one of those sweet Starbucks coffee drinks that I never have because I, like Coop, enjoy my coffee black. But I liked this because. Booze.

However, the last thing I wanted to do was have caffeine after 5pm and not be able to sleep.

So my thought was–ooooh, this will be so good in the morning. I will take it to work! 

But after pouring it into a Batman water bottle, I remembered that it has 3 1/2 ounces of booze in it!

So I needed to put the kibosh on that idea.


Check out more of my Twin Peaks Eats!

Thank you again to the folks at Infinity Jars!



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One Response to Twin Peaks Eats: Black As Midnight Cocktail

  1. Angie says:

    I’m confused. You are a coffee drinker but don’t own a coffee maker? I don’t think I’ve met anyone like that. I have a coffee now and again, the exact opposite why you do. enough sugar and milk to make it look and taste like sweet sweet mud. But I don’t call myself a coffee drinker. I don’t think you called yourself one either but just wanted to make sure. French press is a great choice btw. It is enough to get your guests up and out of your house and won’t take up to much room to store when no one is using it. BTW My form Starbucks working friend said putting coffee in the freeze will actually make it go rancid faster. So we are back to keeping it on the counter and in the cupboard like they used to in the olden days. Either way the drink sounds fab… except I think it need milk 😉

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