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This Mocha Russian Cocktail is the ‘Cup of Joe’ You Deserve

Courtesy of Aaron Boyle, bar manager, Comfort Station, Cincinnati

This playful mash-up of the Espresso Martini and White Russian—originally called The Mocha Joe, based on a character in the TV show Curb Your Enthusiasm—celebrates the delicious intersection of chocolate, coffee and vodka.

“I love mochas,” says Aaron Boyle, bar manager at Cincinnati cocktail bar Comfort Station, who created the drink. “I have such a sweet tooth, but a bittersweet tooth, loving dark chocolate and stuff.”

He skips cream in favor of chocolate oat milk and adds orange bitters to “brighten the coffee and espresso notes,” creating a festive chocolate-orange effect.

This article originally appeared in the December 31, 2021 issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine. Click here to subscribe today!


¾ ounce vodka, preferably Ketel One
¾ ounce coffee-flavored vodka, preferably Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka
½ ounce coffee liqueur, preferably St. George NOLA Coffee Liqueur
1½ ounces chocolate oat milk
½ ounce cold brew concentrate (or regular coffee, cooled)
2 dashes Regans’ Orange Bitters
Dark chocolate shavings, for garnish


Combine ingredients in rocks glass.

Add ice and stir until incorporated and chilled.

Garnish with dark chocolate shavings.

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