Coffee and Chocolate Remain a Perennial favorite in the Spirits Arena

Sweet red and chocolate infused wines are trending up these days. Along with that there is a trend for sweeter cocktails. And chocolate/coffee infused drinks are hitting the hot spots as well.

Who are drinking these concoctions? According to Jeff Siegel over at the Wine Curmudgeon, he writes, “’Why is everyone so surprised that Millenials, who drink Coke for breakfast, would want to drink sweet wine?’ says Barry Sheridan, vice president of marketing for Treasury Wine Estates, which owns Beringer.” Jeff is onto something, and the spirits folks are listening.

Likewise, coffee and chocolate are a magical combo for folks of all ages.

Patrón seems to be timely with the release of their latest product, Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa.

Our recommendation is this stylish offering, appropriately named Dawn Patrol.

After hitting the clubs and dancing all night, Dawn Patrol sounds like a pretty good idea.

Dawn Patrol 


  • 1 oz : Patrón XO Café Dark Cocoa
  • 0.75 oz : Almond Milk (or similar)
  • 1 oz : Espresso
  • 0.5 oz : Grenadine
  • lemon peel for garnish
  • cocoa nibs for garnish


Pour all ingredients into a shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain over ice in a Collins glass.

Garnish with lemon peel and cocoa nibs.

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