Thanks to the mixologists who grew up on artisan roasters and Red Bull, the notion of adding pep to fun punches has gone next level, pushing the once post-dinner coffee drink onto brunch and\u00a0 happy hour menus.\r\nAt Polite Provisions in San Diego, Bartender/Proprietor Erick Castro took a taste of one of his beers, the Speedway Stout, and immediately tasted coffee notes. He capitalized on the cold press coffee from Coffee & Tea collective and created the Dublin Iced Coffee, a blend of Jameson Irish Whiskey, brown sugar syrup, cold press coffee and Speedway Stout.\r\nIn New York\u2019s East Village, the bartender/barista duo Sother Teague and Natalie Czech are elevating the coffee cocktail to an art form. Czech\u2019s love for coffee blossomed when she was exposed to Counter Culture, a roaster with a cult-like following among coffee geeks.\u00a0\r\nTeague runs the bar program at Amor y Amargo, specializing in amari and other types of bitters. Their creative process starts by identifying the flavors unique to each type of bean, then they add small amounts of amaro or other spirits to enhance or complement those flavors. A current favorite is Counter Culture\u2019s Kenyan Ndaroini, which Czech describes as \u201calmost savory and citrusy, like a tomato, or the flavors of a taco.\u201d\u00a0\r\nTeague immediately paired it with blanco Tequila and Pacifico beer, then added Averna, mole bitters, and orange citrate. As unlikely as it sounds, the end result is an herbal, light and refreshing cocktail that pairs well with pork tacos and cilantro.\r\nOther mixologists are following suit and experimenting with this ground-up-medium in Chicago, Boston, and of course Portland and Seattle. Soon, Castro predicts, French presses and other coffee accouterments will be common tools behind the bar.\u00a0\r\n\r\nCoffee Cocktails\r\nKrakatoa\r\nRecipe courtesy Hale Pele, Portland, Oregon\r\n\r\n1 ounce Smith and Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum\r\n1\u00bd ounces Coruba Dark Rum\r\n\u00bd ounce B.G. Reynolds\u2019 Don's Mix Syrup\r\n\u00bd ounce B.G. Reynolds\u2019 Passion Fruit Syrup\r\n\u00be ounce lime juice\r\n\u00be ounce grapefruit juice\r\n\u00be ounce orange juice\r\n2 ounce cold brewed coffee\r\nflaming orange volcano garnish (see below)\r\n\r\nBuild in a malt tin mixer with 8 ounces of crushed ice and pour into a super thistle glass. Garnish with a flaming orange volcano. Sprinkle with cinnamon.\r\n1 lime wheel\r\n2 plain croutons, soaked in lemon extract\r\n1 orange, peeled with a "y" peeler\r\nPinch of cinnamon\r\nFloat a lime wheel atop crushed ice. Rest the croutons soaked in lemon extract on the wheel. Take an orange and use a "y" peeler to peel the top or bottom of the orange so it curves in the shape of a cone. Leave a hole at the top of the cone so you can light the croutons on fire with a match. It will look like a mini volcano. Then sprinkle with grated cinnamon\r\nHalf-Shut Eyes\r\n\r\nRecipe courtesy Dave Shenaut, bar director, Raven & Rose, Portland, Oregon\r\n\r\n1\u00bd ounces coffee-infused Byrrh Grand Quinquina (recipe below)\r\n3 ounces Boylan\u2019s seltzer\r\n\r\nEquipment needed: Yama Cold Brew Drip Tower\r\n\r\nIn a double old fashioned glass, pour coffee-infused Byrrh over ice, top with seltzer. Garnish with an orange twist.\r\nUsing a Yama Cold Brew Tower fill the top with Byrrh instead of the usual ice water, and set a coarse grind on the coffee. \u201cWe use Chelfit, which is a dry-process coffee bean from the Sidamo region of Ethiopia, roasted by Andrea Spella of Spella Caffe,\u201d says Shenaut. \u201cWe suggest a single-origin, medium roast African coffee with smooth dark chocolate qualities as well as bright fruit flavors and high acid.\u201d\r\nChristiansted Cannons\r\n\r\nRecipe courtesy Jesse Card, bartender, Raven & Rose, Portland, Oregon\r\n\r\n\u201cThe cannons of Fort Christiansvaern in Christiansted, St. Croix have diligently stood watch since the 1700s,\u201d says Card. \u201cI figured they could use a caffeinated pick-me-up to stand watch a little longer. Our Spella Cold Drip Coffee is a unique roast only for Raven & Rose.\u201d\r\n\r\n2 ounces Cruzan Single Barrel Rum\r\n1 ounce Spella Cold Drip Coffee\r\n\u00bd ounce B.G. Reynolds\u2019 Vanilla Syrup\r\n2 ounces Bundaberg Root Beer\r\n\r\nIn a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the rum, coffee and vanilla syrup and shake for 12 seconds. Double strain the drink into a Collins glass over crushed ice. Top with Root beer.\r\n\r\nCafe con Alma\r\n\r\nRecipe courtesy Nick Crutchfield, bartender, Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar, Charlottesville, Virginia\r\n\r\n1 ounce La Puritita Verd\u00e1 mezcal\r\n\u00bd ounce brown sugar simple syrup\r\n\u00bc ounce Green Chartreuse\r\n\u00be ounce Zucca Amaro\r\n3 ounces hot dark roast black coffee\r\n\r\nWhipped cream, grated orange zest and Sal de Guisano (optional), for garnish.\r\n\r\nMix the ingredients together in a mug. Top with freshly whipped non-sweetened cream and grated orange zest. Dust with Sal de Guisano.