Coffee enthusiasts may be used to the sticky, thick, sweet coffee liqueur commonly used in espresso martinis and dashed into weekend pick-me-ups. However, one distillery in Florida has taken everything we love about coffee liqueur and made it oh so much better.
Tarpon Springs Distillery’s Claresso is a spirit made from Cuban-style espresso and premium malted grains. It packs more punch than traditional coffee liqueurs at 45%. In our eyes, this is already a significant win. But, one of the beautiful things about this particular spirit is its pure simplicity.
Claresso isn’t syrupy or sweetened, this means that you can use it to craft a cocktail more carefully or add your favorite creamer or syrup flavor to your coffee without overly sweetening it. And, if you’re like me and drink unsweetened coffee, this makes it perfect for those with less of a sweet tooth.
The flavor is delicious roasted coffee with notes of toffee and baked chocolate, making it go well with most coffee roasts. It also mixes seamlessly into most coffee cocktails.
If you’re a coffee lover, make sure that you look for Claresso on your shelf. If they don’t have it, ask for it and check out Tarpon Springs Distillery by clicking here in the meantime.
Greg Sinadinos started his spirits journey writing a whiskey periodical for Fine Tobacco NYC Magazine. He began answering review requests under a social media page he named “Whiskey Culture,” which quickly merged with Greg’s passion for connecting with others and his interest in history.
Today, Greg travels the country not just looking for great whiskey, but also exploring the history and individuals that the whiskey community is founded upon. He has authored “Whiskey History From Around The World” and is the host of “The Rickhouse” web series.