The Head Start Cocktail


Jane and I like a good cocktail to cap off the day.  We also like to get our days started with a fresh cup of espresso or cappuccino. When you have a hoard of dogs creating a ruckus as early as 6am, you need something to get you going. It was only a matter of time before we combined the two and a shot of espresso in your evening cocktail has the added benefit of giving you a little energy to go with your buzz.

Not too long ago, we started seeing a lot of coffee flavored drinks showing up on cocktail menus but a lot were either made with flavored liqueurs or Irish Creams.  We wanted something a little more straight forward that included the bold flavor of espresso as its own component. Plus, I will find any excuse to fire up the espresso machine.  Seriously, it may be my most cherished possession.

The Head Start is primarily a bourbon drink which the espresso plays with and balances perfectly. We added the Creme De Cacao to bring in a little cocoa with a hint of vanilla, as well as body. The maraschino was then included for a touch more sweetness and to round out the bitter flavors of the espresso.  Finally, add a brandied cherry for garnish.  It’s a nice surprise at the finish of the drink.

The Head Start Shake

The Head Start Pour

The Head Start


1 serving

3 minutes


1.5 oz of bourbon
1 oz espresso, cool or room temperature
1/2 oz Tempus Fugit Spirits Creme de Cacao a la Vanille
1/2 oz maraschino
Garnish: brandied cherry
Glass: Coupe


Pour each component into a cocktail shaker, add ice,
and shake.

Strain into a coupe glass and add cherry.

Serve and enjoy!


Jane with a Head Start

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  • Reply
    July 8, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Thanks for sharing this cocktail! (Just a heads up, the images on this post didn’t display correctly for me… they’re small squares (that aren’t clickable to make them bigger or anything). I’m reading through Bloglovin’ if that’s helpful.)

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      July 8, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Thank you, Amanda, for bringing this to our attention. Are you viewing on a mobile device or through their app? I want to see if I can duplicate the issue. The images on the site aren’t clickable but they should be responsive to fit the screen no matter the size. You should be able to pinch and zoom on mobile devices as well.

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