Kavi Bean

You may find this hard to believe, but I don’t drink coffee.

In fact, I’m one of the only people I know that doesn’t drink coffee – something I’m reminded of by my coworkers and friends on a daily basis.

I never felt I needed it in my life, which I proved by managing to survive high school and university without it. The benefit is that I’ve never felt the caffeine crash or the shaky side effects of drinking too much of it.

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But once I got into cocktails, the story changed. Throw some booze into the mix and I’ll try anything. Heck, the Espresso Martini is one of my favourite cocktails!

So when my good friend (and guest blog contributor) Peter Gouvatsos gifted me a bottle of Kavi Reserve Coffee Blended Canadian Whisky for my birthday, I was all in.

Kavi is a Canadian company that operates out of Ontario. They use natural ingredients in small batches. The coffee and whisky are made specifically to complement each other and are blended in barrels for a smooth mellow finish.

Rich oak and spicy rye notes beautifully complement the coffee. It’s so smooth that I decided to serve it on the rocks to my family members. Turned out that even the ones who don’t typically drink whisky enjoyed it – much like my boozy coffee revelation!

So I decided to come up with a coffee-inspired recipe:


2 oz Kavi Reserve Coffee Whisky
1 oz milk
3 dashes Top Shelf Distillers coffee bitters
Garnish: Nutmeg

In an ice-filled mixing glass, add the whisky and bitters. Stir and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Slowly pour the milk and garnish the top with freshly grated nutmeg.

The result is a smooth ice coffee cocktail that’s easy to drink and could arguably replace your morning cup (Editor’s note: We do not recommend this).

My experience just goes to show that there’s more than one way to enjoy something. Sometimes, the mainstream option isn’t for everyone.

Having said that, let me reassure you that I don’t drink coffee cocktails as much as the average person drinks a regular cup of joe.

At least, not until I get my shaky hands on another bottle of Kavi.

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