Almost 15 years ago, the original coffee flavored vodka was created by Dutch spirits maker Van Gogh Vodka.

Third generation Master Distiller Tim Vos introduced not one, but two variations in 2005: Van Gogh Double Espresso, a rich brown expression infused with the bold taste of Colombian coffee beans and Van Gogh Espresso, and a clear variation with a touch more bitterness on the palate and a hint of citrus on the finish.

Since its debut, Van Gogh Double Espresso has set and kept the bar high. Last month, the expression was awarded the Chairman’s Trophy and named the best flavored vodka (of any flavor) at the 2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. This month, Van Gogh Double Espresso was awarded Double Gold at the New York International Spirits Competition.

Produced in small batches between 100 and 200 liters, it takes Vos six weeks to produce VanGogh Double Espresso using a proprietary double infusion process at the Cooymans International Distillery in Holland. This unique method is what gives Van Gogh its vibrant aromatics, taste and smooth profile. So smooth that you can simply chill, pour and sip.

But if you want to mix instead, consider spiking your favorite iced coffee drink or shake up one of these Double Espresso cocktails from around the country.

Public Service martini cocktail in glass

Public Service

Public Service

Created by Jack Clark of Shore Raw Bar & Grill in Austin, TX

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Van Gogh Double Espresso
  • .5 oz. St. George Nola Coffee Liqueur
  • .5 oz. Velvet Falernum
  • 1 oz. Cuvee Draft Coffee
  • .25 oz. Gum syrup
  • 1 Egg White
  • 3 Espresso Beans (to Garnish)

Preparation: Add all ingredients to a shaker except espresso beans, and dry shake. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe and garnish with the coffee beans.


Vietnamese Iced Coffee, cocktail on rocks with cinnamon garnish

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Created by Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Van Gogh Double Espresso
  • 1 oz. Iced Espresso
  • .5 oz. Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • .5 oz. Whole Milk
  • 1 Cardamom Pod
  • Nutmeg or Cinnamon (to Garnish)

Preparation: Muddle cardamom in a mixing tin. Add remaining ingredients and ice, and shake well. Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with fresh nutmeg or cinnamon.


Espress Yo Self martini cocktail with espresso beans and grinder

Espress Yo Self

Espress Yo Self

Created by Manami York, Beverage Director at or, The Whale at the Distrikt Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Van Gogh Double Espresso
  • .5 oz. Montenegro Amaro
  • .5 oz. Maggie’s Farm Coffee Liqueur
  • .75 oz. Commonplace Coffee Espresso
  • .25 oz. Demerara Syrup
  • Coffee Beans (to Garnish)

Preparation: Add all ingredients to a shaker tin with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled coupe or Martini glass. Garnish the cocktail with coffee beans.


Van Gogh Double Dutch Russian, cocktail with bottle and coffee beans

Van Gogh Double Dutch Russian

Van Gogh Double Dutch Russian

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Van Gogh Double Espresso or Van Gogh Espresso
  • 1 oz. Espresso Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Half & Half

Preparation: Pour espresso liqueur and vodka into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice. Float half & half on top and stir slowly.