High Brew Mexican Vanilla Buzz

This is a sponsored post. I received compensation from High Brew Coffee to feature their product in a new recipe,  but all content, images and opinions are my own. View my complete disclosures page here.

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You guys. I don’t know how it happened, but tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve. We waited all year for the holiday season and already the final, big event is almost here. What does that mean for coffee lovers, caffeine addicts, boss ladies and busy moms?

We need a cold brew cocktail to keep the party going after the clock strikes midnight.

I don’t know about you, but my bedtime has come earlier and earlier over the years, and my nights of staying up till early morning are few and far between. But this year Mike and I are both off work on New Year’s Day, so we’re celebrating with friends, and I can’t wait.

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Last year he had to work at 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day, so he and Sadie were snoozing in front of the TV while me and Ryan Seacrest celebrated 2015 on our own. Even though I’m not a huge fan of the bar scene filled with crazies on New Year’s Eve, I do prefer to be surrounded by friends at midnight rather than by pajamas and dog toys, so I’m gathering everything I need for a successful midnight countdown.

For me, that includes cheesy decorations, a little bit of alcohol and a lot of coffee. Cold brew coffee to be precise because hot coffee relaxes me too much, and the point is to stay awake and energized.

To find that perfect balance of flavor and energy, I’m turning to one of my new loves, High Brew Coffee, for a yummy, creamy, caffeinated cocktail that can also be made as a shooter to share at the party. I grabbed a few cans of the Mexican Vanilla flavor at Target the other day to test out a new recipe, and it’s sooo good. It’s a little sweeter than my original favorite flavor, the Black & Bold, but that’s just what I need for a big party day like New Year’s Eve. It’s creamy, flavorful, and it makes me forget there’s a little vodka in my glass. Which is why you need to measure how much you’re pouring, so you aren’t falling over or falling asleep before the party even starts!

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For this recipe, I gathered High Brew Mexican Vanilla cold brew (the number of cans depends on the number of drinks you want to make…I used one can for my full-sized cocktail and portioned another one out for shots), Smirnoff Vanilla flavored vodka (any vanilla-flavored or plain vodka should work fine), canned whipped cream and homemade coffee ice cubes, so it didn’t get watered down.

If you’ve never made your own coffee cubes, check out my previous post here for some tasty coffee, cream and sweetener combos. Obviously for this recipe, the Mexican Vanilla cold brew would work great as ice cubes for your cocktail, but you can also use regular coffee cubes if you have some in your freezer like I usually do.

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Cold brew works better for this recipe than traditional hot coffee that’s been cooled down because…

  1. It’s less bitter.
  2. It’s more flavorful.
  3. The High Brew cans are super portable, so you can keep them on hand in your pantry, then throw them in your bag to bring to the party.
  4. The Mexican Vanilla is creamy and slightly sweet, so it tastes delicious, keeps your energy up and mixes great with vanilla vodka and whipped cream. Plus, you can skip the step of adding vanilla extract because the flavor is already in the can. And the vodka. Vanilla mania!

If you’re new to the cold brew world, check out my cold brew guide and Cold Brew 101 from High Brew Coffee, one of the most adventurous brands of cold brew that’s now widely available in stores all over the country. Locate a store near you with their Store Finder.

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So, now that you’re on the cold brew bandwagon, and you’ll never drink watered-down iced coffee again, let’s get to the recipe…if you can even call it that because it’s way simple.

I’m calling it the High Brew Mexican Vanilla Buzz…you just fill up a glass with your coffee cubes, measure out a shot of vodka and mix in your can of Mexican Vanilla cold brew. Top it off with whipped cream, and call it the last night of 2015! That’s it!

I’m planning to make this tasty treat on New Year’s Eve while I’m getting ready to go to our friend’s small party. (I’m not driving just for the record, Mom. ) Then, I’ll bring a few extra cans and the rest of my vodka and whipped cream, so I can make tiny shooters for everyone at the party whenever we need a little pick-me-up.

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To make the shooters, just fill about half your shot glass with vodka and half with High Brew Coffee, then top with whipped cream. Obviously you can’t fit the coffee cubes in this version, so you may want to refrigerate the cold brew and/or vodka before shot o’clock. Not even the pickiest alcohol-phobes can resist a shot topped with whipped cream!

Staying up past midnight hasn’t been so easy since you were 13 and sneaking out past your bedtime! Whether you want to be the life of the party or just enjoy a quiet night at home with a few lucky loved ones, I have a feeling the High Brew Mexican Vanilla Buzz will make 2016 your best New Year yet.

See you next year!!

This is a sponsored post. I received compensation from High Brew Coffee to feature their product in a new recipe,  but all content, images and opinions are my own. View my complete disclosures page here.

About Erica Tuite

Erica Tuite is a 24-year-old writer, copyeditor, coffee enthusiast, dog mom and lover of all things feminine. She's also the creator of hellolatte.com.

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