Make the Hell Raiser, a Boozy and Buzzy Coffee Cocktail

Make the Hell Raiser, a Boozy and Buzzy Coffee Cocktail

Pix and Story :: Anastacia Uriegas

You have a bottle of coffee liqueur, but what the heck are you supposed to do with it? Drink it on the rocks? Nah. Add a nip to your coffee? Meh. How about a cocktail? Hmm. Any amount of interwebz research will turn up the same thing: a White Russian recipe (coffee liqueur, vodka, cream) the milky drink made famous by cult film The Big Lebowski and its bathrobe-clad main character’s penchant for the deceivingly tame drink. However, like many holiday-inspired or cream-based drinks, White Russians are so rich that drinking more than one will have you reaching for some Pepto (or worse, Immodium). So, we created a cocktail which uses coffee liqueur in a more modern and refined manner as in the way an actual mixologist would! The Hell Raiser combines tequila, sweet vermouth, coffee liqueur--we used Austin-made Caffe del Fuego for it’s high quality ingredients and light texture--a few dashes of Angostura bitters and fiery Bitterman’s Hellfire Habanero Shrub. The finishing touch is a spritz of orange peel oil expressed directly from the peel. We think the Dude would approve.



1 ½ Ounces Tequila Blanco

1 Ounce Coffee Liqueur

3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth

4 Dashes Angostura Bitters

2 Dashes Bittermans Hellfire Habanero Shrub



Orange Peel for Garnish

Rocks or Old Fashioned glass

Large Ice Cube for Serving

Regular Ice Cubes for Shaking


Hawthorne Strainer



1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.

2. Add ice and shake until chilled.

3. Strain into rocks or Old Fashioned glass

4. Carefully add large cube.

5. Express oil from orange peel, wipe around glass rim then curl the peel and balance on rim.