4 coffee-inspired cocktails to order out to take the edge off a long work week

Celebrate the end of your week, and make happy hour a bit happier, with these rich cocktails that add taste and are delicious going down.

National Coffee Day is September 29, and java-lovers know that coffee is good morning, noon, and night. After work, celebrate the end of your week, and make happy hour a bit happier, with these rich cocktails that add taste and are delicious going down.

The Bushy Tailed

The Bushy Tailed cocktail at Lowcountry Bistro in Charleston, SC is a great choice anytime, but especially after a long work day. The sweetness mellows the whiskey and the orange liqueur gives it some depth of flavor.

Cocktail recipe:  The Bushy Tailed

1 ½ oz. cold brew coffee

1 oz. Virgil Kaine Rip Track Rye Whiskey

½ oz. Grand Marnier

½ oz. Maple syrup

1 oz. Fresh cream

Orange peel to garnish

Add the first four ingredients to a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice, top with cream, and garnish with the orange peel.

Across 110th  Street

This nifty cocktail is unusual due to its refreshingly fruity flavor profile not typically associated with cocktails containing a coffee element. Served at the JIMMY at The James, in New York, City, it’s interesting flavor is great for coffee-lovers. Ingredients: Brugal Añejo, mango puree, espresso bean.

Cocktail recipe: Across 110th Street

2 ounces Brugal Añejo

½ ounce lime juice

½ ounce simple syrup

1 ½ ounces mango puree

Grated espresso bean

Lime wedge

Add the first four ingredients to a mixing tin, then shake with ice until chilled. Strain into a tall glass with pellet ice and swizzle to combine. Before serving, add grated espresso bean and garnish with a lime wedge.

Espresso Martini

If your travels take you to Orange County, Ca, make sure to visit YNK tucked in the Irvine Marriott, for a dreamy Espresso Martini. Made with Averna, espresso, and vanilla bean syrup, the cocktail is from the bar’s Italy menu but can still be ordered as an off-menu item. The intimate bar offers imbibers a dynamic & ever-changing menu not based on the seasons.

Cocktail recipe: Espresso Martini

1 1/2 ounce Averna

1 1/2 ounce espresso,

½ ounce vanilla bean syrup

Garnish: Lemon peel & 3 coffee beans

Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin. Ice, shake hard (20 times), strain, and garnish.

Chickory Dickory Dock

Served the Hide Bar in Dallas, TX, this unique coffee cocktail not only incorporates coffee, but also chai tea. This cocktail is a best seller and is the perfect refreshing “dirty chai” for double the caffeine but with a little something extra to take the edge off. The cocktail’s ingredients include Irish whiskey, cold brew coffee, chai tea, sherry, condensed milk, black walnut bitters, and crushed ice.

Cocktail recipe: Chickory Dickory Dock

2 oz. pour (equal parts whiskey, coffee, chai tea, sherry)

.25 oz. Condensed milk

2 dashes black walnut bitters

Shake very hard with crushed ice in a Collins glass, add lightly grated nutmeg on top.

Erica Lamberg|is a business, health, and travel writer whose work appears in Gannett, US News & World Report, Bankrate, MSN, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Reader’s Digest and NBC News