Coffee infused with nitrogen bubbles—better known as nitro coffee—is rewriting the book on what can be done with a cup of coffee. Invented in 2013 by Nate Armbrust, a food scientist from Portland, OR, nitro borrows from the beer brewing process by adding tiny nitrogen bubbles to the brew. The bubbles give nitro a similar effect as cream and sugar normally do, with a smoother mouthfeel (much like Guinness)— Men’s Journal has called it a “textural wonderland.” It was only a matter of time before some enterprising chefs began riffing on the new beverage and incorporating it into their recipes.
Below you’ll find a handful of the most amazing nitro recipes out there:
S’mores Nitro Brew
Why not start with a bit of decadence? Serves one.
Cold Espresso Martini
Perhaps the classiest coffee cocktail you’ll ever have. You may need a trip to your closet to don that old tuxedo before drinking this one. Serves one.
Long Island Nitro Coffee
For adults only! Serves one.
1. Half fill a tall glass with ice.
2. Fill a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice and add all the spirits and the lime juice. Shake briefly.
3. Strain over the ice in the glass. Add the ginger beer and cold brew to top up and stir.
4. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.
Pumpkin Spice Nitro Coffee (adapted from the Keg Outlet Blog)
Particularly suited to Autumn, but delicious any time of year. Serves one.
First make your Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup:
Simple Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup
Once you’ve made your Syrup, it’s a cinch make Pumpkin Spice Nitro Coffee: